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My Commute: Jeff Lennan

My Commute: 7th and NE Graham St to SW 12th and Morrison St

About 75% of the time, when I go into the office, I ride my bike.

When I do, my route is NE 7th St South to Broadway. I turn West and ride down to the Broadway Bridge. At around 11th, I turn South and go across the Pearl and Burnside into SW. On Morrison I turn west and go about a block to my office, right above the grand Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Recent tragedies involving cars hitting people on foot and bike, particularly more than one along my exact commute in the last two months, have prompted me to consider better routes including MLK to Russell, and across Williams to the bike lane that then heads south to meet up with Broadway safely west of the I-5 North onramp that is so dangerous on Broadway and Interstate.

When I do not ride in, I usually telecommute. Challenges here include a good solid connection to the servers at the office so that I can efficiently run MS Exchange and share files. A VPN connection with my Mac is not as seamless for me as for other employees with Windows but I hope to get a previously-established-now-mysteriously-not-working VPN tunnel going again soon.

We are out of our offices for the next TWO WEEKS for some remodeling so there’s no time like the present…

I absolutely love commuting to work by bike.

My Commute: Joshua Wagner

Commute: “To travel as a commuter or to make substitution or exchange”, are two definitions of the word commute. I choose to look to the second definition as to what I personally believe to be true.

I moved here from Phoenix, AZ less than a year ago, and if you know anything about Phoenix, you have to DRIVE everywhere. Let me be the first to tell you that it was awful. When I first moved here I was so used to driving, that I did in fact drive everywhere, that is until I learned what TriMet could really do for me. So here is my story:

I have since ditched my car, it sits in my covered parking space, and it is collecting cobwebs as we speak. I have not driven my car since April, and I don’t plan on driving it any longer.

I live in Beaverton and currently work for Nike at the WHQ. I live about a mile from work and I walk everyday to and from, rain or shine. (A little rain never hurt anyone right?) It amazes me the amount of people who live so close to Nike that could walk, or bike, or even take the MAX, and yet they choose to drive. Nike does have shuttle service from the Beaverton Creek MAX stop to the campus here, so why should you drive everyday? And I hear them all complain about not being able to find parking. Who would’ve thought? Actually it irritates me a little that they DO choose to drive! But this is about my commute, not my irritation with drivers and cars.

As far as any other places I need to go I always utilize TriMet. I do many after work activities in which I will take public transportation, and I could care less if it takes me an hour and half. For example I play rugby for the Portland Avalanche, and we practice at Delta Park. So two days a week I go from Nike in Beaverton to the Delta Park MAX stop. My commute is around an hour, plus another 15-20 minutes walk to the space where we practice. I love this commute because it totally prepares me mentally for the game. I also co-chair for Human Rights Campaign and I normally have two meetings a month and one event to attend a month. All of these meetings and events take place all over the Portland Metro area, and guess how I get there? You got it, Bus, MAX, or Streetcar.

I get a lot of flack for taking MAX, or bus, but to me it is my alone time you know? I am so busy and always on the go, that, rather than be irritated and raising my blood pressure my driving, I take public transportation and relax. I love to read and listen to music, and I would normally not have time to do these activities if it weren’t for TriMet. Portland’s public transportation system is amazing, and I feel I am a better person for using it.

Guest Column: Fare Increases for Honored Citizens

Joel Weishaus is a neighborhood activist in NW Portland and a member of the Northwest Elder Advisory Team, a program of Friendly House.

He writes that he has sent this letter to TriMet (PDF) [linked document removed at request of author] regarding the impact of fare increases on senior citizens. The letter was copied to Mayor Potter and Commissioner Adams. He indicates that to date no response has been received.