The Ready Set Ride Commute Challenge encourages you to drive alone less in October by walking, biking, using transit, riding in a carpool or vanpool, or teleworking. This brand new website is where you will make a pledge and log trips October 22-28 for a chance to win prizes, earn virtual badges, and challenge your friends and co-workers. Registration opens October 1!
Names (left to right): Ed Keller, Jesse Darden, Gabe Gandara, Tom Barrett, Brian Yeung, Kathleen Arceo, and Pablo Bermudez
Mode type? Bike. How long have you been commuting by bike? Some of us since the 70’s and all of us as often as we can.
What inspires you to choose biking as your preferred transportation style? We are inspired to bike because we know that biking makes you feel like a kid again. We support alternative transportation because it improves air quality and reduces traffic. We support reducing emissions through healthy bike riding and encourage alternative methods of getting to work to support CalSTRS’ commitment to sustainability and its LEED certification.
Most bizarre experience while commuting by bike: nearly all of our bike commutes include some entertainment or adventure. We enjoy the occasional animal sighting: deer, rattlesnakes, coyotes along the Bike Trail. We have also chanced upon two retired teachers who walk the bike trail during our commute and had a chance to chat. You don’t get that opportunity commuting by car.
Name: Yolanda Tutt
Occupation: Contract Administrator
Employer: State of California, Department of General Services
Mode type? Vanpool
How long have you been commuting by vanpool? I’ve been commuting via vanpool since July 2017.
What inspires you to choose vanpool as your preferred transportation style? I can name a minimum of 10 reasons! I like the convenience of vanpooling; I love that it offers another transportation alternative to help save the environment while reducing 7 cars on our crowded freeways; I save money; I earn money; I have more time once I arrive to work; I have a better work schedule which guarantees I will leave work timely; I have a guaranteed transportation to work and home; I prolong the life of my personal vehicle, and I use less gas, and I’ve met an awesome group of new friends.