On Friday, May 20th, we celebrated Bike To Work Day. The day is a celebration of bike commuters, and to welcome new riders. Daniel Findley, a biker and Senior Research Associate from Raleigh, talked to us about his first bike to work experience:
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
DF: I’m a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State. I’m originally from Robbinsville, NC. I now live in Raleigh with my wife, Rachel, kids – Ben, 2 & Sophia 6, and 22 chickens.
2. Tell us about your first bike commute experience:
DF: I really enjoyed the experience, I brought my son with me and dropped him off at his school on the way too. We took a circuitous route to avoid major roads – which was fun since we went by Carter-Finley Stadium and the state fairgrounds.
I plan to do it again – my son asks everyday if we’re going to ride the bike that day.
3. What is your experience with biking?
DF: I’ve used my bike to run errands before, but this was my first trip to work. We went to China last summer and rode bikes around the Xi’an City Wall.
I enjoy the numerous trails around the area and know that we have a great resource that many other communities do not have.
4. Can you tell us a little bit about your research?
DF: As a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State, I do a wide variety of transportation research on ferries, highways, airports, pedestrians and bicyclists.
The types of studies include operational and safety analysis and economic impact studies, including work on rumble strips and bicycles and the American Tobacco Trail. You can read more about my research here.
5. Any other fun stories?
At my wedding, we used a bike as our getaway mode!