Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 Winter Bike Commuter Profile #4: Steve

•What is your age, roughly speaking?
Mid 50’s (exactly)
•What is your occupation or area of study?
Fish Biologist
•What is your most frequent destination on your bike?
Riding to work at the Natural Resources Building is my daily commute. I also visit friends in the neighborhood or do light shopping by bike, but most miles are daily commute.
•How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest?
The Fish & Wildlife BCC team coordinator sent out an agency email. Thank you Tiffany!
•How many times have you participated in the Bicycle Commuter Contest?
Six times- 2008-2013, plus I rode one year with my daughter when she was on the Lincoln Elementary School BCC team.
•What got you started riding your bike to get around (practical cycling)?
The Bicycle Commuter Contest- I actually started riding a month prior to the 2008 contest to get into shape. It took all of April, 2008 before I could make it to the top of San Francisco Street. I was so excited, I rode back down and up again.

Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 Winter Bike Commuter Profile #3: Kristin

Editor's Note: This is a really great Rider Profile to read if you are thinking about trying out bike commuting for the first time- lots of good perspective, permission, and encouragement!

What is your age, roughly speaking?

Late 20's.

What is your occupation or area of study?
Library associate at Timberland Regional Library.

What is your most frequent destination on your bike?
Work! And various coffee shops & Spud's Market on Capitol for groceries.

How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest?
A flyer on the window of Ralph's Thriftway. I'd just moved here from the Bay Area and was beyond excited to see some sort of bicycle contest!

How many times have you participated in the Bicycle Commuter Contest?
Three, one for each year I've lived in Olympia. Unfortunately I've also changed bicycles three times so I only have one sticker!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Winter Bike Commuter Profile #2: Antonio



Here are Antonio's answers to our "Interview Questions":
What is your age, roughly speaking?
 --25 
What is your occupation or area of study?
--Scribe. 
What is your most frequent destination on your bike?
--Downtown Olympia from the Westside
How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest?
--I can't remember how I heard about the BCC the first time, but I've been on my work-team for a couple years now.
How many times have you participated in the Bicycle Commuter Contest?
--Four; I think. Enough to know it's awesome!

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Winter Bike Commuter Profile #1: Ruth


I'm Ruth, a 30-year letter carrier at the Olympia Main Post Office, to which I commute from my Southeast Olympia home.  I ride the paved trails, bike lanes and road shoulders that are well-used by many other riders.

I've ridden bikes recreationally since my teenage years, but started riding as a commuter sporadically and seasonally, only upon moving to Olympia in '93. My boyfriend and I really love riding in this town, as well as in the County. Freddie Mercury said it well: "I want to ride my bicycle." Purchasing the 2008 Trek Soho in the picture facilitated my plan to commute year round, which I have since that year. Two bad winter snows, with road debris hanging around after snow melt, interrupted that run. With the exception of the last few months when family health matters took me out of town a few times a week, my car has remained in the garage, except for Sundays, days off work and roughly two other days of the month. 

Sadly, somebody nicked my Trek from our bike rack at work on January 4th of this year. Cut right through the cable on my Kryptonite lock! This has prompted the postmaster to arrange for secure, indoor parking for bikes. I hope others who commute downtown either have indoor bike storage, or the heaviest duty locks available.

This morning I'll ride my Trek Lexa road bike, but have also used my '96 Trek mountain bike since losing my hybrid. I'm in the market for a new bike, so would like to ask fellow commuters: What do you ride?*

Safe and happy riding!
Ruth
 *To reply to Ruth's question, please email dgreen"at"intercitytransit.com, or post a comment on our Facebook Page. Leaving your bike parked outside is always a risk, but with a good lock and a few other tricks, the risk can be lessened. Use the best lock you can afford and always lock your bike TO an immovable object. Try not to leave your bike locked in the exact same location every day, or for a prolonged period. One view is that an old ratty-looking bike is less likely to be stolen, but I am not sure this has been proven. Olympia Police have told me that most of the bikes stolen here are lower-end bikes that have been left unlocked. If your bike is stolen, DO report it to the police. A significant number of bikes are actually recovered. It helps to have recorded your serial number, and to have a photo of your bike! You can also register your bike at nationalbikeregistry.com and see our "How to Lock Your Bike" posting.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter Riders, WHO ARE YOU??

For years, I've been trying to figure out the best way to encourage and celebrate our community's year-round practical cyclists. Why don't we just start by getting in touch? If you let me know who you are, maybe I can dig up some prizes for a few random drawings, and we could do a few "Winter Rider Profiles" on the BCC blog and here on FB.
SO, If bicycling is your first choice of transportation year-round (not necessarily your ONLY mode), and you're riding regularly this winter (and are local to Thurston County), why don't you email me at: dgreen"at"intercitytransit.com and we'll see what we can come up with?
Thanks!
Duncan

Monday, January 6, 2014

BCC Office Opens for 2014

The office is open for the 27th Annual Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Contest!! Here's what I saw on my first commute in for the year. If you're biking for transportation these days, or just looking forward to warmer days ahead for biking, follow our blog or like us on Facebook! You can also join our mailing list for monthly our newsletter. Feel free to contact us at anytime for information about the BCC or any aspect of practical cycling. Yay for practical cycling!