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JIM BATES / THE SEATTLE TIMES
David Treadwell, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Live Platform Services, covers up to 12 miles of the distance between his Seattle home and company headquarters in Redmond on foot. He takes the bus for the balance of the commute — typically the span of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. This unusual run-bus commute is featured in a profile today by Seattle Times reporter Richard Seven.
He’s not the only tech executive getting to work this way. Brian Crowley, CEO of BSQUARE in Bellevue, told me about his bike commute during a recent interview.
I talked with Treadwell about his commute last fall at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. I occasionally run or bike commute to work myself and the experience Treadwell has gathered on his blog, particularly pertaining to logistics, is helpful.
He’s also recruited other Microsoft employees to exercise commute, including Susan Ashlock, a software engineer at Microsoft, and Frank Shaw, an exec with Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft’s primary PR firm.
In his story, Seven includes main reasons Treadwell gives for trying an exercise commute:
Time: There never seems enough so why waste it sitting in gridlock?
Health: Instead of saying you don’t have time to exercise before or after work, exercise during your commute.
Money: Save on gas and parking.
Stress: Instead of clutching your steering wheel, move, breathe and relax.
Environment: It’s hard to find a lighter environmental footprint than two feet.