Another profile from volunteer blogger, Joel Finkelstein. . .
Matthew Borish won, and had a Portland Design Works light set delivered during work last week at Watershed Sciences, where there’s no doubt he was the envy of his peers; WSI was a work-place winner in last year’s Bicycle Commute Challenge — they proudly have their winning plaque hanging for all to see.
Matt actually got his start commuting by bike when he began working for WSI just a year ago. He mentioned it was “an environment with high ridership”; complete with bike storage, lockers and space for changing — even office giveaways, for bicycling to work! Because of all the amenities, Matt makes the ride to and from work all year long. Originally from a rural area, Portland is the first urban environment he’s lived in, and also the first place he’s ever ridden a bike as a commuter.
Already, Matt has learned some fairly impressive DIY bike repair; more that just changing flats, he’s gone as far as replacing a bottom-bracket cassette. His greatest satisfaction in bike commuting is looking forward to getting on his bike each morning, he recognizes that it helps him do a better job, maintain a better attitude, and that the camaraderie between co-workers is a great perk.
Matt agreed to pose for a picture of himself with his new bike light set… We also thank WSI for sharing a shot of their office dry-erase board tracking their (and their rivals’) BCC progress.