Name: Tricia & Hannah
Get around by: Bike, bus, walk, car
Where do you live and where do you work?
Tricia: I live on North Slope and work in downtown Tacoma.
Hannah: I live on South Pine and work in downtown Tacoma.
How do you get there?
Tricia: I ride the bus and drive in the winter. When it starts getting sunny and warmer in the morning, I jump on my bike.
Hannah: Bicycle and sometimes bus or car.
How does it all add up? How much money or time do you save?
Tricia: Riding my bike gives me the flexibility that the bus does not allow. It also saves on gas, wear and tear on my truck. My company provides a subsidy each month too.
Hannah: Biking to work saves gas money, as well as wear and tear on my car (mostly reserved for longer road trips). Plus, my company hands out a small subsidy for biking at least three days each week for one month.
What’s in it for you?
Tricia: Riding provides time to relax and think on my way to work.
Hannah: Biking to work has become a habit for me. It feels so freeing to pedal my way and it clears my mind before arriving at the office. The fresh air gives me a boost of energy to begin a productive work day. It doesn’t take me too much longer to bike than drive, so it’s worth the extra effort to pack my bag and hop aboard.
Do you have any tips for people who may be trying this mode for the first time?
Tricia: The hills are not as bad as they look. And plus if you get tired you can just jump on the bus.
Hannah: All you need is two wheels! It only takes a few days to learn how to pack/dress appropriately and gauge the trip length and the health benefits are unbeatable.