Cyclist of the Month: Esmeralda Torres-Lopez

esmeralda Torres-Lopez

Age: 18
Occupation: waitress, IHOP
Hometown:  Sea-Tac
Commute: 15 miles from Federal Way to Renton
Wheels: Specialized Dolce

Esmeralda bikes to work whenever she can. But with a less-than-ideal commute along Pacific Highway, with a two-year old son (Ian) and without a bike trailer – it’s not yet a daily routine.

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Cyclist of the Month: Chuck Perov

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Age: 55
Occupation: employment & immigration specialist, International Rescue Committee
Hometown: High Point, NC
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina
Degree: Slavic Civilization
Commute: 7 miles from Bryant to downtown Seattle
Wheels: Trek 400T

Q: What is Swervin’ n’ Curvin’?

1) How Pioneer Square bar hoppers get home at 2:00 am.
2) How bike racers commute along the Burke-Gilman Trail.
3) An informal wine country ride to raise funds for farm workers.

“High Point was a small town. There was no bus service, and it was only 2-3 miles from my home to most places. So, it was easy to get around by bike.”

So Chuck learned the mechanics of bikes, and began his four-decade affair with sustainable transportation. Chuck started commuting in college to his summer job at a furniture factory in High Point – the “Furniture Capital of the World.” After college, he cycled to work in Washington D.C., where he did not own a car for practical purposes.

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