Biker Profile: Darcy Downs

IMG_6109Darcy 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

Transit Thursday: March Wrap-Up

March blog (1)Time sure flies when you’re talking transit! Before we knew it, March was gone! Here are some highlights from a exciting month:

1. #CarlessMarch Was A Success
This month I took on the challenge of going without a car. Let me tell you, it was not easy. But nothing jump starts an education in transit like using it! Did you miss my carless month? Read all the blogs here.

Rider Profile2. Our Riders Are Awesome
This month we posted a rider profile on one of our regular transit riders, Walmer Medina. Be sure to keep checking in for more profiles coming soon!

3. A Week Of Telework
This March we celebrated Telework Week. We created this info page as a source for telework facts and our shareable infographics!

4. Welcome To The Vanpool Party
We have recently started our first-month-free promo! If any new riders join between now and May 31st, their first month will be rebated, up to $100. Learn all about it here!
If you want to know why Vanpool is awesome, read our latest blog! (It has gifs!)

There is much more to come in April, so don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Rider Profile: Walmer Medina

W46fade5df5da05231c2af78e2665e7a8e love celebrating our awesome bike-riding, bus-taking, telework-loving commuters! Today we will be highlighting Walmer Medina, the Creative Director for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club! Medina is from Los Angeles, California and lives in Cary, North Carolina.

1. What does a regular day of commuting look like for you? 

WM: I regularly take the 300 from Cary Amtrak Station to RTC, then transfer to the 700 to Durham Station. I take a quick stroll through the beautiful American Tobacco Campus and arrive at my office inside the gorgeous Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The commute is normally about 50 minutes to an hour.

2. How long have you been using transit? And what is your reason for using alternative transportation? 

WM: This will be my third year using transit. However, public transit is nothing new to me since I grew up in the busy city of Los Angeles. Transit helps save on gas and now my employer works with GoTransit and provides me with a GoPass.

3. What is your favorite part of being a transit user? Do you have any unique, funny, interesting stories? 

WM: My favorite part about riding transit is probably the diversity you see come through. The high school students, doctors, caregivers, it’s a pretty wide range. As a creative, I’m influenced by my daily experiences using transit.

One of my favorite stories is about the first month I rode transit to Durham. A mom was doing homework with her kids, and she got stuck and really couldn’t help her son any further. Another rider sitting behind them happened to be a UNC student and kindly asked if he could take a look. The mom almost teared up as her son got help from a total stranger. It was an awesome thing to witness.

4. What would you want to say to people who are on the fence about transit?

WM: Try it. If you’re scared, ride on an off-day and go explore an area with a friend. You’ll be amazed at the reach and ease of the system. If you are a busy person that needs a jump-start on emails in the morning, GoTriangle has free Wi-Fi so that you can reply freely and safely, which is not possible while driving.

Thanks to Walmer for sharing his commute story and photos. Share your story, too! Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!