The bulk of my transportation revolves around getting to work. The modes of transportation I take are car, plane or bicycle.
Riding my bike is actually my preferred mode of transportation. It is about a 55-minute ride one way, but with all the bike paths that exist in Colorado I can do most of it traffic-free. I found a gym by my office that allows me to store my bike and take a shower. Basically I pay for the bike storage and shower facility. But it is well worth it. The bike to work day in Denver is also amazing. The city blocks streets and turns them into bike parking. It is not surprising to see it mostly full.
The weather this week has been unusually cold, so I decided to try the bus out since riding a bike was not an option. So how was the bus experience? The second day was a charm. Why the second day and not the first?
Here’s why. I got up Monday morning all ready to take the bus. It was snowing, so I thought even better, I don’t have to drive. After standing on the platform for 30 minutes in below freezing temps looking out on a highway that was not moving, I bailed and worked from home.
As I write this post, I am enjoying a new-found one hour of productivity per day, thanks to the bus. The first day took a little getting used to. Learning the schedules, where to park, and how to pay. I got a bonus on my way home, a free ride because I did not have exact change. This will certainly be a new mode of transportation for me. If it were not for this challenge, it is safe to say I would have continued to drive in on cold days and ride when it is nice.
Air travel is another very frequent mode of travel. In my first post we mentioned how this really raised our carbon footprint. To offset this, I purchased one year’s worth of carbon credits using Terrapass. I will be proud to have my carbon-neutral travel badge on my suitcase. Another thing this challenge has made me think about.
The hardest part of taking the bus was doing something different. Like they say, variety is the spice of life and adding something new into the mix has been quite refreshing.