Name: Sierra Buckley Occupation: Community HealthCorps Gets around by: Bike (by car too, occasionally walk) Where do you live and where do you work; how far is your commute: I live in town in Ukiah off of South State, fortunately only a mile from where I work. It takes me about 5 minutes whether I drive or bike, so it just makes sense for me to bike. What are your favorite things about leaving your car at home? It’s less about leaving my car, and more about the fact I’m on my bike – I’m outside, hopefully in the sunshine, getting fresh air, moving my body. It feels great. Having an office job where I’m often at a desk in front of a computer, I cherish the activities that allow me to be outside and moving! What other benefits are there? It’s a chance to be kind to your own body and to the earth. I am winding down from a project where I was driving 2-3 hours a couple times a week, so I appreciate giving my car a rest when I can, in turn being a little kinder to the environment. Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time? You could start by biking on your own for fun to get used to it, try routes, and build some enjoyment around biking. It’s fun! A bike pump and basket or rack are great investments. Connect with your local bike shop for support – Dave’s Bike Shop in Ukiah has helped me on several occasions. Allow yourself extra time when trying a new route. Sometimes I’m less motivated to bike if I have to drive at some point in the day. In that situation, I will try to bike to work, back home for lunch, then take my car. I am still using my car, but an extra bike ride is better than none!
Name: Ashely Occupation: Dental Receptionist Employer: Round Valley Indian Health Center Gets Around By: Bike
Name: Neil Davis Occupation: Public Health Nurse Employer: Walk & Bike Mendocino; Round Valley Indian Health Gets Around By: Bike Where do you live and where do you work; How far is your commute? I live in Ukiah and three days a week I work in Ukiah. On my Ukiah days, I virtually always ride my bike. Sometimes if it’s really raining hard, my wife and I will carpool. But in light or intermittent rain I still ride. I drive up to Covelo once a week and spend two days working there. Covelo is beautiful, but it’s pretty hard to get around walking or biking. It gives me an appreciation for how far many of our communities have to go in accommodating people who choose not to drive. What are your favorite things about leaving your car at home? I love all the sights, sounds, and smells that I experience when I’m on my bike. I love hearing the birds, seeing friends and being able to easily stop and chat. I love smelling the wood fires in the winter, and the bracing cool of the mornings. In the winter the cold really wakes me up and in the summer it feels great to be a little chilly when I know it’s going to be really hot later. In the car I’m insulated from all of that. What other benefits are there? Since my wife and I both ride pretty much everywhere, we only own one car. I figure it saves us about seven grand a year (that’s the national average per car)! Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time? Practice riding or walking to work on the weekend first. Do everything like you will when you’re going to work. Wear the same clothes, figure out what you need to bring/carry, where you’ll leave the bike, which route you’ll take – and notice how long it takes you 1) to get ready, and 2) to make the trip. If you’ve done it once or twice you’re less likely to be caught out and bail on riding or be late for work. You can also get started by walking or biking to do errands on the weekend when there isn’t as much time pressure. The Farmer’s Market is a great way to get your feet wet!
Name: Mark Green Occupation: General Merchandise Team Lead Employer: Raley’s Gets Around By: Bike Where do you live and where do you work; How far is your commute? Mark lives north of Ukiah and has a nearly 8 mile commute to work. He often turns his commute into a loop ride and gets in a little longer ride. It takes him abot 30 minutes to ride to work. What are your favorite things about leaving your car at home? Mark has commuted by bike since he was in high school and likes the exercise of riding the bike. He tells us he doesn’t like driving because there’s “too much sitting.” What other benefits are there? Mark appreciates the exercise, the savings and just finds it more fun! Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time? Test out the ride on your day off. If you have a longer commute bring a change of clothes and some deodorant. Most of the smell is in the clothes, so if you change you’re good. Have a spare tube, a pump, and know how to change a tire.
Name: Lilly Mayfield Occupation: Barrista Employer: Black Oak Coffee Gets Around By: Bike
Name: Jen Dalton Occupation: NCO, Program Coordinator Gets around by: Where do you live and where do you work; how far is your commute: My commute varies as I have to drive to and from Lake County a lot for work. My preferred mode of transportation is biking or walking. I live in Rogina and my office is downtown Ukiah. So, on days when I don’t have to drive to Lake County (and it’s not too terribly hot) I love to ride my bike down the hill to work. It’s so easy. It only takes about 15 minutes to get to the office and the downhill ride is a lot of fun. Getting home is a bit longer, about 30 minutes, up hill most of the way. What are your favorite things about leaving your car at home? I like to feel the wind and be connected to a more human pace of travel. I just don’t think we were meant to travel regularly at speeds of 40+ miles an hour. I spend so much time sitting at work that on days when I can ride I feel so much healthier and alert. I enjoy the exercise. What other benefits are there? The cardio rush on the Watson hill is pretty great once I get to the top! Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time? Just enjoy the ride. You can take notice of your surroundings – the sights, smells, sounds of the space around you – so much more when you ride and walk. Savor the moment. Take your time.