I commute by bike year-round, and I track all my miles on Community Transit's website. As long as I cycle into work, my company, Esterline Controls and Communication Systems, pays me a monthly incentive to reduce congestion. Cycling 4.5 miles each way to and from work gives me two good cardio workouts a workday, which is great for me physically and mentally—it’s my personal gym on wheels! Because Esterline provides indoor bicycle parking and showers, my bike commute is very convenient. And believe it or not, it’s just about as fast to ride my bike to work as it is to drive a car. Biking just makes sense for me.
One day, I received an email from Community Transit saying I was eligible for the Commuter of the Quarter because I cycled so many consecutive days. I filled out the questionnaire and was surprised to hear back that I had won! Eventually, a friend of ours who regularly rides Community Transit took a cell phone picture of my poster on the side of a bus she’d ridden and emailed it to us. Aha! Evidence that the poster had made the bus! My wife decided it would make a great family Christmas picture if she and the kids posed with me in the background on the bus.
I kept a watchful eye as I commuted by bike and searched for ‘My Bus’, but never saw it myself. If it weren’t for our friend’s picture, we wouldn’t have believed it was actually out there! Finally I called Community Transit's Marketing Department during the holidays and asked if they could track my picture down. I thankfully got a call from Community Transit with a few bus numbers that had my picture. Now, I had to get a route and a safe place for a picture.
The people at Community Transit were extremely helpful and within a few days, provided us with a route number that the bus was running.
“OK kids, we are packing up and heading to the Lynnwood Transit Center for a Bus Hunt!”
Just then—right on our way out of the Transit center--our youngest yelled, “Dad! – There you are!”
Did Jeff find his bus? Did the Millers get their family Christmas picture? Stay tuned and find out!