Traveler Spotlight

Daniel Brickert

Occupation: In-Patient Hospital Nurse

How do you usually get to work? How long have you been using this travel option?
It’s a mix of cycle and when on call I drive. I’ve been cycling to work 8 years.

How far is your trip? How long does it take you each way?
Depending on the route I take it can be 6.2 miles to 17 miles. 17 minutes is the shortest route.

What made you decide to get to work this way?
Looking for ways to reduce my carbon footprint and get exercise and reduce the stress from work.

What do you enjoy about your taking the bus?
It’s some time that I can spend by myself either preparing for work or lessening the day’s impact upon my home life.

Do you have any interesting stories from your trips?
I rode for two years in a row, even in the snow. I have a fat tire bike that has 90mm rims with 4.8 inch tires that is better in the snow. Of course it makes the commute longer.

Do you think you save money by traveling this way?
Absolutely – I stopped counting after I reached $3000 saved.

How does your employer help accommodate your travel style?
The have bike lockers to secure my bike.

What would you say to your fellow employees to inspire them to try using a trip option other than driving alone in their car?
Stress reduction is very significant, so very worth it. The hardest part is to start doing it. It’s a decision that needs to be made the night before to ride or not. If you wake up and then decide to ride or not, it’s too easy to put it off again and again. Prepare your bike and clothes the night before and have it ready to go.