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  1. #1
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    Fellow workers bike commuting

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    Only in the last 4 wks., I've been approached in casual hallway chat by other employees individually about...bike commuting to work.

    All of these people work on the same floor as myself:

    *lst employee- she just bought her first home. Will be living away from her parents for lst time in life. She is in her late 20's. She wants to go grocery shopping by bike because store by her new home will only be 1 km. away. She figures she will save ..gas money. So she inquired me about tips for getting decent panniers.

    *2nd employee- yesterday he asked me about the right type of bike lock and use of the communal bike cage locker. He's returning to cycling after finding another employee who happens to also bike/know local bike routes.

    *3rd employee-- yesterday and today I learned that she starting to do a short bike commute to a parking lot area and then driving out to suburban city 40 km. away where she lives. She now wants to find another parking area further away from work, so that she can get a bit more cycling exercise.

    For this present employer-organization, I talk the least about cycling. I just don't need to..cycling infrastructure is handled by my employer. I work for govn't.

    I've discussed cycling more with a few other folks in previous organizations. But presently, other employees do see me come and leave work in cycling gear --all seasons, even winter. To me, that's enough of a message. It may help, also that I have no visible health problems and am at a decent weight. So cycling clearly and visibly "benefits" me health-wise.

    So for some of you, if you feel 'alone' cycling to work, never give up. Do it for yourself, above all.
    Last edited by shootingstar; 07-27-2012 at 06:03 PM.
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  2. #2
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    That's GREAT that others have noticed and asked your advice! I love it when people get inspired just by watching someone else do what they want to do- and then go do it!
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  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootingstar View Post
    Only in the last 4 wks., I've been approached in casual hallway chat by other employees individually about...bike commuting to work.

    All of these people work on the same floor as myself:

    *lst employee- she just bought her first home. Will be living away from her parents for lst time in life. She is in her late 20's. She wants to go grocery shopping by bike because store by her new home will only be 1 km. away. She figures she will save ..gas money. So she inquired me about tips for getting decent panniers.

    *2nd employee- yesterday he asked me about the right type of bike lock and use of the communal bike cage locker. He's returning to cycling after finding another employee who happens to also bike/know local bike routes.

    *3rd employee-- yesterday and today I learned that she starting to do a short bike commute to a parking lot area and then driving out to suburban city 40 km. away where she lives. She now wants to find another parking area further away from work, so that she can get a bit more cycling exercise.

    For this present employer-organization, I talk the least about cycling. I just don't need to..cycling infrastructure is handled by my employer. I work for govn't.

    I've discussed cycling more with a few other folks in previous organizations. But presently, other employees do see me come and leave work in cycling gear --all seasons, even winter. To me, that's enough of a message. It may help, also that I have no visible health problems and am at a decent weight. So cycling clearly and visibly "benefits" me health-wise.

    So for some of you, if you feel 'alone' cycling to work, never give up. Do it for yourself, above all.
    I began feeling alone because our department that has some TA's in another building. I felt pretty isolated, but when I moved into the new building last year, I met more bike commuters. Many faculty members and students are doing it - more than I ever knew! Of course all of them are male, so what works for them may not work for me. However, I should be asking them questions about commuting in the wet now. I need some tire advice and since a couple of them do a very similar route to my new route, they should know. They all ride roadies, too.

    Thanks for the reminder that coworkers can be a great resource!
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    The four commuters we have at our small business get together and have a "riding lunch"
    It IS great to work with other commuters!
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    road: Giant OCR c3 '08 | 105/Ultegra
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak2outside View Post


    The four commuters we have at our small business get together and have a "riding lunch"
    It IS great to work with other commuters!
    That. Is. Fabulous!!!
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  6. #6
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    Awesome, considering the fact that you are all in Alaska.
    My Personal blog on cycling & other favourite passions.
    遙知馬力日久見人心 Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know whatís in a personís heart.

 

 

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