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The Walk Bike Ride Challenge


bikesThis cool thing is going on in Seattle through September 9th called the Walk Bike Ride Challenge. It’s a program organized by the City’s Department of Transportation that encourages people to seek alternative methods to getting where they need to be; basically, anything that isn’t driving somewhere by yourself. If you go from one place to another in a different way, you can sign up here, then start logging your trips and win one of the following prizes: Continue reading

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Reasons to Continue Biking to Work


tumblr_mn4lme6F2z1s0c08no1_500As Bike to Work Month ends, we’d like to congratulation every one who participated and biked to work in May! Whether you biked every day, or just tried it once, your contribution is appreciated.

But now that the month is almost up, we want to encourage you new bikers to keep commuting. Though we’ve covered a lot of reasons why biking is awesome, here are just a few last-minute notes to inspire Monday’s commute: Continue reading


Bike-to-Work Profile: Prof. William Purcell


William-PurcellDespite two bad knees and difficulty walking long distances, Bill Purcell still makes a regular 9-mile bike commute. Up a steep hill no less!

Professor William Purcell, the Chair of Communication and Journalism, has taught at Seattle Pacific University since 1995. He has been a regular bike commuter for 6-7 of those years. Now, Purcell leads the Bike Profs team in SPU’s Commute Challenge.

Purcell advocates that biking is easy enough once you take the leap to start. Continue reading


Bike-to-Work Profile: Jobe Korb-Nice


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Director of Admissions Jobe Korb-Nice’s biking origin differs from the other SPU team captains. He didn’t start riding recreationally, nor did he particularly enjoy spending time on a bike at first. “I grew up as a runner,” he said, contrasting the two forms of exercise. Although it was hard for him to get into biking, he didn’t let his unease stop him.

Despite his hesitance, Korb-Nice has been commuting to SPU by bike since 2004, eventually becoming a team captain in the Commute Challenge. This year, Korb-Nice captains the SPU Sharrows, the bicycling team that travels from Seattle, Kenmore, and Bothell. Throughout May, he will try to bike to work five days a week.

His gentle approach gives a manageable example that anyone to follow.
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Bike-to-Work Profile: Patrick McDonald


patrick-mcdonaldA Professor of Philosophy at SPU, Dr. Patrick McDonald spent much of his adult life navigating the streets and hills of Seattle by bicycle.

McDonald recounted how he “wrecked” his father’s car at age 16, and got kicked off his parents’ automobile insurance nine months later. Unable to afford a car of his own, McDonald rode his bike to work all through his senior year of high school. He continued the habit during his college years at Seattle University, making it five consecutive years without driving.

Eleven years later, he still bikes almost every day. Continue reading


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Your First Commute By Bike


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Since May is National Bike to Work Month, now is the time to try commuting by bike. Whether to work or school, biking can save time & gas, reduce stress, and raise your energy. 

The biggest challenge to commuting by bike is gathering the guts to try it. Though starting a bike commute can be a difficult move, after some practice it is actually quite manageable.

Make your first commute easier with these tips for beginners: Continue reading


Bike-to-Work Profile: Lynette Bikos


lynette-bikosLynette Bikos, team captain of the SPU Psychlers, says that people recognize her by her biking gear, both around campus and on the streets. Though it may stand out to others, Bikos’ gear is just another part of her daily routine.

Bikos has been a recreational cyclist for more than 20 years. But after moving from the flat plains of Kansas to the rolling hills of Seattle, she noticed how different biking was here, and that many commuted by bicycle.

It took her a while to work up the courage to try it herself: “I just got brave one day and put my bike on the front of a bus,” she said. That one day of courage led to a year-round commute, adding more than 2,500 miles a year onto Bikos’ bike. Continue reading