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Meet Jessica

Name: Jessica
Occupation: Project Associate
Employer: Boe architects
Gets around by: Walk and Car

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live off of south 43rd street just a few blocks from Alaska street.   I work downtown on Pacific Avenue at BOE architects.  It’s a 3.5 mile walk each way.

How do you get there?
Most of the week I drive the 3.7 miles to work (I know!).  I also walk which takes me just over an hour.  I recently did some modifications to my bike and will be trying that out soon.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
I don’t think I save any time since the walk is over an hour and I can drive and get door to door in 10 minutes BUT when I walk I get a 7 mile walk in without having to set aside time to “exercise”.  Plus I’m more productive at work so that’s always good.  I know I will save in gas money when I get on my bike and that will be much quicker round trip also.

What’s in it for you?
Well, I had lower back surgery this past December and part of my recovery has been to add in more walking plus with my job having so much sitting this is how I keep active.  Plus by the time I get to work I’m so much more awake and alert.  The walk home is a great way to change gears from work to home life.  Though it’s mostly uphill heading home so it takes me a bit longer.  I used to live in the suburbs and it would take me 45 min to an hour to commute each way so having such a short commute is great and the big PLUS is that I have so many options to get to work.  Walk, bike, bus, drive…

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Pack a bag the night before – I walk in my workout clothes and running shoes and then change at work.  Wet wipes are also your friend for the sweaty walks =).  I also pack an extra snack to have right before I walk home, plus refill my water bottle before heading out the door.   Try it just once and you’ll be hooked!

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