Bob V.

A view of Bob V.'s commute along the Grandview Trail in University Place.Where do you work and what is your role in the company? 

Pierce County Sewer Division.  Getting $#!? to the treatment plant.

How do you usually get to work? How long have you been using this commute option? 

I’ve been riding a bike to work since “Ice Ice Baby” was #1.

How far is your commute? How long does it take you each way?

Almost 5 miles.  Feels like forever. 

What made you decide to commute this way?

  • My wife said I needed to lose weight, 
  • She likes that I leave early and arrive home late,
  • I sleep next to the bike in the garage so it’s efficient. 

What do you enjoy about your commute? 

  • My pounding heart reminds me I’m alive,
  • Jockeying through roundabouts with 4,000 lb. vehicles,
  • Actually, most of my compatriot drivers on the road are pretty good, but those hills.

Do you have any interesting stories from your commute?  

I’ve seen coyotes carrying rabbits and chickens down the middle of the road in      the early a.m.  I once ran into a garbage can I couldn’t see during a snow storm. That’s all I remember.

Do you think you save money by commuting this way?

Yes. I can’t stop at the bars on the way home because, you know, lycra shorts.

How does your company help accommodate your commute option? (ex: if you’re a biker, are there adequate bike racks? If a bus rider, does your company offer a free bus pass?)

Our workplace has a covered bike rack, lockers and showers. Fantastic!  Emergency ride home is offered too.

Is there anything your company could do better to accommodate your commute option?
Regrade the roads so they’re downhill both ways.

What would you say to your fellow employees to inspire them to try using a commute option other than driving alone in their car?

You want to ride your bicycle, you want to ride your bike. You want to ride your bicycle, you want to ride it where you like.