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Meet Cindy

Name: Cindy
Occupation: Director, Student Fellowships & Awards
Employer: UW Tacoma
Gets around by: Bike

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in the North End and work downtown. In fact, I am always careful about choosing a place to live that’s in reasonable distance to my office. The furthest I’ve had to commute by bike was 7.5 miles one-way when I lived in the Philadelphia area.

How do you get there?
By bike. I started working at UW Tacoma in early July and have biked to and from work every day since then. The beauty of living in Tacoma is that I don’t have to bike through harsh winters like I did in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, or Berlin, Germany.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
I’m sure it’s a lot, but I am not as worried about how much money it saves me. Before moving to Tacoma I actually never owned a car. I’ve been commuting by bike for a very long time, so this is just what I’m used to. My partner bikes as well. We sometime joke that that’s the only thing we have in common.

What’s in it for you?
Part of my exercise is built into my day already, so I don’t have to worry about finding (as much) extra time. I love braving the elements and seeing the city from the perspective of a cyclist. I sometimes will go out of my way to catch glimpses of Mt Rainier or the Olympics. Yes, I love living in a place surrounded by this much natural beauty.

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Find a friend to commute with and try out your commute route on a Sunday when streets are less busy! It’ll make you feel much more confident on a weekday.

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