Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009 Commuter Profile #2 - Sean McLaughlin

What is your age? 37
What is your occupation? Transportation Technician III, WSDOT State Materials Laboratory, Bituminous Materials, Bituminous Technology Office
How many years have you been commuting by bike? Consistently for 1 year
How many times have you participated in the Bicycle Commuter Contest? 2
Describe your current average or usual commute (distance, terrain, urban/rural, etc.) 2 miles one way, Olympia/Tumwater city streets
What got you started bike commuting? I live so close to work that I really don’t have an excuse not to bike to work.
How have you adapted to make bike commuting work for you? I bought high quality rain gear!
What are some of the benefits you have experienced from commuting by bike? It’s a great way to get the blood pumping and wake up in the morning.
What is it that keeps you going, especially when the going is tough (weather, darkness, inertia, etc)? My legs keep me going...
How do you choose your route (most direct, least traffic, most scenic, etc)? I take the most direct route.
What style of bike do you ride to commute? I ride a Trek Model EN14766 Series 4 Mountain Bike.
Any words of wisdom for the beginning commuter? It seems motorists are generally not really looking for bicyclists, especially when there is no designated bike lane. Wear bright colored reflective clothing even during daylight hours. Stay alert. Don’t expect to be given the right of way even when it legally is yours and, likewise, don’t take it when it’s not.