Occupation: Phlebotomist/ Lab Processor/ Bike Technician
Employer: Multicare (Tacoma General)
Gets around by: Bike
Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in Central Tacoma and I work at a few locations. Tacoma General Hospital and both the Proctor and Downtown locations of Tacoma Bike. I also go to school at TCC and teach a rock climbing class at Annie Wright School.
How do you get there?
I bike and I like to switch up my routes. I try not to go the same way every day. I avoid the main automobile arteries, and stick to the back roads making sure I am lit up and visible at night. Other than that, it varies. Biking is a great way to explore your surroundings. Because it slows you down, you notice more of the details. Your neighborhood is more interesting when you know the character of each different street.
How does it all add up?
I dont have to pay for car insurance, gas and I didn’t have to buy a car. How much all of that would add up to, who knows, but its no hyperbole to say I have saved thousands of dollars and will continue to do so. I get around the city as fast or faster than cars. While they speed to the next stop light, I coast straight through.
What’s in it for you?
We spend a significant amount of time commuting to work. We might as well make it as enjoyable and productive as possible. I look forward to my commute every day. I get some exercise, fresh air and relieve stress on my way to and from work. Im also putting less wear on our infrastructure (which means I save you money too!) and helping to keep cars off the roads which makes it safer and less stressful for everyone. It feels good to be a healthy role model for kids, and an advocate for this simple way to enjoy little bit more.
Do you have any tips for people who may be trying this mode for the first time?
Don’t get turned off by the weather here in Washington. If you invest in some wet weather gear, you will realize that the weather around here is very mild, and easily bikable all year.