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.
Age: 31 Occupation: Associate at Triangle Associates Hometown: Vashon Island, WA Degree: Int’l Political Economy, Colorado College. Environmental Policy & Planning, University of Washington Commute: 12 miles round trip from Whittier Heights to downtown Seattle Wheels: Surly Cross Check
Blake Trask is not a bicyclist. At least he doesn’t identify himself as one. He has ridden one group cycling event, Chilly Hilly — the longest ride of his lifetime. Blake is a self-identified “policy wonk.”
Fortunately, regional cyclists can thank Blake for his love of Seattle. That’s why he became chair of the twelve-member Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board.
Age: 45 Occupation: Desktop Support Specialist, F5 Hometown: Buffalo, NY Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Buffalo Commute: 12 miles round trip from Fremont to downtown Seattle Wheels: Giant Trace X2, Kona Dew Drop, Pacific Reach travel, Rodriguez Stellar and S3
With 12 internal teams, F5 consistently leads the Group Health Commute Challenge. The cheerleader for 200 F5 bike commuters is four-time Team Captain Patty Kirkland.
During Bike Month, F5’s Bagel Fridays are incentive for some employees to commute by bike; and the free F5 cycling jersey issued to Team participants also inspires many new bicycle commuters. But it was the company’s stipend ($1,200 to $3,600 per year) that motivated Patty to leave her car behind. Continue reading “Cyclist of the Month: Patty Kirkland”