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July 29, 2005

Success stories about walking and biking to work wanted

A fascinating survey came to my attention, Wednesday night, thanks to James Kraus of America Walks, and Jim Baross, of CABO.

I wrote the author asking for permission to post the whole thing here because I believe readers of The Cycling Dude are just the audience he is trying to reach, and learn from, for his book.

I'll let Chris Balish explain:

Hi, Folks.
I am a reporter with Gannett Co, Inc., and I'm doing research for a book about
transportation alternatives to the private automobile.
I am looking for real-life success stories from people who walk or bicycle
to work in the United States or Canada.
If you know anyone who fits this description, please forward this email to them.
I hope they can email me their thoughts on the topics below.
The response can be long or short.

As you can see he wants word of his survey to spread. :-D

The Topics:

1. How far do you live from work?

2. How do you get to work? Walk how many days a week? Bicycle how many days a week? Drive how many days a week?

3. How much time does it take you to get to work?
4. How does that compare to your average co-workers who drive?
5. Do you own a car or other vehicle?
6. How else do you get around town?
7. How much money are you saving by commuting by foot or by bike? ( Please
be as specific as possible).
8. How has this helped your personal finances?
9. Is commuting on foot or by bike convenient or a hassle?
10. Did you always do this? How did you get started?
11. If you live within a few miles of work, did you have the job first and
then move close-by? Or vice-versa?
12. Are you helping the environment?
13. How much do you use public transit?
14. How do you accomplish simple errands like grocery shopping?
15. Do you make your errands come to you? ( Shop online, grocery delivery,
16. How do people react when you tell them you walk or bike to work?
17. Do you have more free time or less because you walk or bike to work?
18. Do you recommend this to others and why?
19. What are the challenges of walking or cycling to work?
20. What's the best part and worst part of walking or biking to work?
21. How has this affected your outlook on life?
22. How do you handle foul weather? ( Keep extra clothes at work? Shower at
work? etc..).
Chris makes one final request, and provides his contact info:
PLEASE E-MAIL TO: CBalish@ksdk.gannett.com
Many thanks,
Chris Balish
Anchor / Reporter
KSDK-TV Newschannel 5
1000 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
E-MAIL TO: cbalish@ksdk.gannett.com
I will be answering these questions in the next few days and, in addition to sending the answers to Chris, will post them for all to read, and comment on.

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I tried biking to work for the first time this year but I cannnot call it a success story yet.

My commute by bike is 15 miles which is not that stenous and the trail is very safe for cycling.

I have a bad schedule and have to be at work by 7:30, which means I must leave home no later than 6:00Am. There are shower facilities on site at my work location and a secure bike rack.

I was cycling one day a week but have cut back due to the hot weather here in Albuquerque. I should get back up to speed in September and October before it gets cold.


Posted by: Brian Fletcher | Aug 5, 2005 11:22:38 PM

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