This post is by BTA guest blogger, and super-volunteer, Joel Finkelstein
With the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge in it’s last week, it seems that September’s splendid weather has been a welcomed asset to riders – cyclists are logging more miles and trips than in past challenges. There seems to be a few more bike friendly raffle items getting out on the road as well.
During the delivery of the BCC’s first week grand prize, Michael Schoessler took a few minutes to tell me a little about his daily ride to work; a daily commute that influenced his interest – and decision – regarding his move to Portland to work for the Department of the Interior.
Michael’s move, and the start to his days as a bicycle commuter, began four years ago. His route changes; several options work well, and is round trip, approximately eleven miles between his home, and office at Fox Tower. He keeps pedaling right on through the winter.
When asked about which commuter accessory Michael would say is his hands down favorite, a rechargeable light set takes the spot: front and rear, and bright! For Michael, “Being outside, and seeing so much more of the city”, is a favorite element of his ride into center city. And when asked what tip he’d give someone new to cycling, Michael explained to not be “afraid” of making an investment in reliable cycling equipment and wet-weather gear… Make your commute a “pleasant” one.
Sounds like Michael has found a good route to follow and has some tips worth following. With the new messenger bag he won in the BCC’s first week’s raffle, he’ll likely be out there with that much more to smile about, on his daily bike ride to work… and beyond!
There are plenty more raffle items to soon be drawn, along with many more miles to ride — and log. Bike on!
- Joel Finkelstein