Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

Local News


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

May 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Comments (0)     E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Making bike connections from Fremont to Redmond

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

caitlinone120510m.jpg

May 12, 9:04 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]

In the summertime, Caitlin Kehoe enjoys commuting from Fremont to Redmond taking bike trails around Lake Washington. But most days she does a combination of bike and bus commute, riding 3.5 miles to Montlake Freeway Station on the west side of the S520 bridge and continuing her journey on the 545 bus.

"At peak times there are a lot of people waiting," said Kehoe, 24, when I caught up with her at the stop Wednesday morning. She said sometimes it can take half an hour until a bus with empty bike racks arrives.

But if she can't wait that long, like was the case on Wednesday, she has an alternative not many people have: riding a Microsoft bike-shuttle that leaves from a nearby parking lot every 45 minutes. The shuttle's trailer can hold up to 12 bikes.

caitlintwo120510m.jpg

May 12, 9:32 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]

The bike-shuttle is not the only commuting benefit Kehoe gets from working at Microsoft. "They have two bike shops right there on campus and they subsidize tune-ups so you can go and have your bike maintained," she said.

Dominique Blachon, a fellow bike commuter on the shuttle, said they also have showers, lockers and bike garages. "We are really lucky," he said.

Kehoe moved to Seattle from New York two years ago and started biking to work just a few weeks into her new job as program manager. "I was interested in being outdoors more and being more active and when I came here it seemed like it was something that a lot people did," she said. "Everybody seems exceptionally friendly. You become more connected."


  • As Bike to Work Day comes up next Friday, May 21, I'm learning what it is like to commute by bike from the people who do it every day. Stay tuned for more sketches and stories. See Wednesday's post where I talked to bike commuter Andy Larson here.

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Comments
No comments have been posted to this article.

Recent entries

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Browse the archives

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

Twitter
    follow me on Twitter
    Purchase sketches

    You can browse a gallery of sketches and purchase prints.

    Google maps

    Flickr

    Profile

    Seattle region sketchbooks

    www.flickr.com
    This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from gabi campanario. Make your own badge here.

    Blog Roll