Darcy Downs, Transportation Planner at GoTriangle, ditched her car in April for a full-time bike/bus commute. As we celebrate the last day of Bike Month, we asked Darcy about her first month as a bike commuter!
1. Describe your everyday commute:
DD: From my house in West Raleigh I bike 3/4 mile to the bus stop. If I’m going to our Raleigh office, I will take Route 300, 301 or 305 to downtown and bike the rest of the way. If I’m headed to RTP, I take Route 300 to the Regional Transit Center.
2. Why did you decide to become a bike commuter?
DD: I was only using my car to drive to work, so I decided to sell it. My husband and I are now a single-vehicle household. With only one car, we save money on maintenance, gas and other fees. Continue reading
Ben August commutes to work everyday by bike with his son. From his house in Carrboro where he lives with his wife and three children, Ben and his 6-year-old son Jacob start their journey every morning together. First stop, kindergarten! Once Jacob locks his bike and heads to class, Ben jumps back on his bike to continue to work in Chapel Hill. Continue reading
We had so much fun with the last biker profile, we decided to do another one! David Bradway is a research scientist, in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Duke University, who lives in Durham.
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. Continue reading
You’ve probably realized by now that May is Bike Month! On the blog we’ve written about local events and bike basics, but have you actually gotten on a bike? No? Gasp! Here are 9 reasons why you should get into the saddle today:
1. Biking is physical fitness. Duh.
Doesn’t get simpler than this: biking is good for you. According to NutriStrategy, a relaxing bike ride (<10 mph) burns more calories than an easy walk. Men’s Fitness
May has been busy month for transit! We’ve had a blast celebrating Bike Month, promoting Vanpool, and announcing proposed service changes! Here are two links to keep you up-to-date with transit news in the Triangle.
1. Wake County Transit Plan – WakeTransit.com
The recommended plan is designed to change transportation in Wake County by offering services such as more frequent buses and a commuter rail linking parts of the Triangle.
Formal Public Hearing | Wednesday, May 18, 5pm | Raleigh Convention Center. Rm 402 +
2. A Cyclist Is Traveling Around the U.S. Using Only Bike and Rail – CityLab
Elena Studier, an intern for the National Association of Railroad Passengers, is on a 38-day journey across the United States to highlight the importance of integrated, multi-modal transportation. She will be stopping in both Charlotte and Raleigh.
As always, follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Join in on the Bike Month conversation using #GoSmartBike.
In celebration of Bike Month, here are two videos to get you on the road! Want to know what’s going on this month? Check it out here: GoSmartNC.org/GoBike.
1. The Bike Basics – Grist
Grist put together a great little how-to video for beginner bikers, including gear, turning signals, and safety tips.
2. STRNC Bike Match – GoSmart
You can now find the perfect bike commute buddy in the Triangle on STRNC.org! Watch the video to learn how to become a mentor or mentee for bike commuters.
As always, join in on the conversation using #GoSmartBike on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!