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.
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.”
May 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM