Occupation: Graphic Designer
Employer: MultiCare Health System
Gets around by: Bike
Where do you live and where do you work?
I live near Bargain World on Pearl Street, close to Point Defiance. I work in Stadium District, across the street from The Hub. It’s about a five mile ride.
How do you get there?
I ride my bike to work in the morning by myself. My route takes me through Proctor, University of Puget Sound and Stadium District. I’m really lucky to have nice neighborhoods to ride through. In the afternoon I pick up my two children. First I stop by the daycare and pick up my 3-year-old son. He rides in a tow-behind bike trailer. We then meet my 8-year-old son at his elementary school near our house and he rides his bike with me the rest of the way home.
How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
I’ve been riding for about 7 years and I’ve logged over 10,000 miles into the commute calendar. Other than the gas savings, it means I only put about 500 miles a year on my truck which is a used F250 with 270,000 miles on it. The savings from not having a car payment and the small amount of wear and tear on the truck are huge. Though, I think I spend it all on new bike parts at Defiance Bicycles.
What’s in it for you?
I love riding my bike. There is really no better way to get around and see our city. It’s also a great way to wake up in the morning. I’ve even switched to decaf coffee since I don’t feel the need for caffeine any more. And, it means I can eat pretty much whatever I want and not worry about it.
Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Fenders. Getting fenders on my bike made a world of difference. There are so many days that are slightly drizzly where, if you don’t have fenders, you would get soaked. With fenders you can stay completely dry with only a light coat. My other suggestion would be to start slow and just do what you can. I started by taking the bus in the morning and then riding home from work. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Your legs get stronger and the logistics of commuting by bike get easier. Now it almost seems more difficult to drive to work as I have everything set up for riding.