Employer: Tacoma Public Library
Gets around by: Bicycle or car
Where do you live and where do you work?
I live near the Point Defiance Zoo, and I work downtown at 11th and Tacoma Avenue. It’s 12 miles round trip.
How do you get there?
I bike as much as possible, though I have been known to use the car as needed.
How does it all add up?
According to PierceTrips.com, I have logged 85 trips, avoided nearly 1,000 drive-alone miles and saved about 50 gallons of gas.
I don’t save that much time- but it is only a few minutes more if I ride and I am able to show up to work with fresh air in my lungs!
What’s in it for you?
Enjoyment all the way! It is the only time to myself during the day- with a 6 and 3 year old at home, and hundreds of library patrons during the day, I need some “me” time! Plus I am training for the STP in July (though I will only do 100 of the 200 miles, likely). I also get free parking for my bike anywhere in downtown.
Do you have any tips for people who may be trying this mode for the first time?
Don’t think too much about it- I started out with two loaded panniers, a change of shoes and an entire change of clothes, plus food and water and repair kit and rain gear and the list goes on.
Now I am down to one pannier that I try to keep as light as possible. You do want to be able to fix a flat (or call someone who will come to your aid), but think light! You will want water and eye protection is a must. Be visible with bright colored clothing or lights!
If you want to be a fair weather rider to start out with, go for it! Showing up to work looking like a drowned rat is not for everyone…