Friday, May 16, 2008

Bike-to-Work Day

May is National Bike-to-Work Month. Barring being on the road some last week, we’ve had great turnout at work for bike commuters, and office-wide we have 6 teams competing in the Cascade Bicycle Club/Group Health Commute Challenge. There are some pretty dedicated riders in the office… Karhu brand director Charlie Lozner already has 52 days bike commuting on the year, and snowboard binding engineer Frank Devlin rode in on the first day of Bike-to-Work Month with his kayak gear for an after-hours paddle.

Today is the official League of American Bicyclists Bike-to-Work Day, and it couldn’t have been a nicer one in Seattle, with blue skies and a forecast in the 80s. A lot of bikers were on the road this morning, and sponsors set up tents all around the city.

With the nice weather and a day dedicated to promoting bicycle travel, Charlie and I took a few snapshots from the commute this morning.

Charlie's commute:

Over the West Seattle Bridge, with views of downtown.

Looking south from the bridge.

Past the cement plant... heavy industrial roads through here.

Typical companion traffic.

The bike room starting to fill up this morning.

Graham's Commute:

Over the Fremont Bridge, about to climb around Queen Anne.

Quiet streets approaching downtown.

Dodging buses on the busiest part of the morning route.

Out of downtown, heading through industrial SoDo.

7 miles later, pulling into the office.

For me, it's a little more exercise on a moderately hilly route, and since it goes through the heart of the city, it doesn’t really take me much longer than it would in a car. Which is motivation enough for me.

-Graham Gephart

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