Commuting by water bike

January 22nd, 2008

water-bike.jpgBesides working from home, my best commute to work was for the last staff job I had, back in the early nineties. I lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, two blocks from the PATH train into Manhattan. I’d take the train one stop to 33rd Street and then walk a couple blocks to my publishing job. Easy peasy, though not entirely roomy during rush hour.

Today the Seattle Times ran an article about two guys who live on Bainbridge Island (near Seattle) who commute across the Puget Sound by water bike. As in, across the water. By pedaling, not paddling. One guy shaved his 80-mile roundtrip ride to work to just 12 miles, one of which he does on his water bike.

I’ve kayaked in a bunch of lakes and the sound around here, most notably in the San Juan Islands, and all I can say is, good on them! Sounds like a dream commute to me. No traffic snarls, exhaust fumes, or parking fees. Just exercise, fresh air, and seal pups for company.

OK, so now that we’ve established that I’m a tree humper, what about you? What was your best commute? Your worst? Your weirdest?

Entry Filed under: Balance,Coffee break

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ddv  |  January 22nd, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I used to live 1.5 blocks away from my job back in Fargo, ND. it was great to ride the bike to the office, then back home for lunch, then back to the office for the afternoon. i saved money on gas and on food!

    my worst commute was my daily slog down from Woodinville to Redmond. the freeway was still the fastest way to get to and from work, and it sucked. But now I’m riding the Microsoft busses every single day and love it. I just throw on my music and sleep until we get to my stop, then its a short car ride up the hill to home. I’m hoping this summer to be able to ride my bike to and from the bus stop!


  • 2. Rob Salkowitz  |  January 22nd, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Since I was in first grade, I have had exactly one motorized commute to school or job, and that lasted about a week. Everywhere else was walking distance, and I found the walk to be one of the most productive parts of my day: energy, stimulation, and an opportunity to organize my thoughts. Working from home ain’t bad either!

  • 3. Michelle Goodman  |  January 22nd, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    hey ddv and rob, it’s nice to hear from you guys! it’s been a while, ddv (cool re the powerbus). and rob, welcome! happy new year…

  • 4. Smix  |  January 22nd, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Worst: I don’t know what I was thinking when I took a job which required a two-hour commute *each way*.

    Better: I was spoiled in my younger years by a series of jobs which required only a twenty-five-minute walk.

    Best: telecommuting. It’s 2008 already! We shouldn’t have traffic jams anymore, because so many of our jobs can be done remotely.

    Advice: don’t accept a commute to a job in the USA if you must transfer between transit lines. Missing a train or bus in our at best rudimentary public transit systems will often mean at least a half-hour wait until the next one.

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