At MG, we love active transportation!
Walking, biking and riding public transit to and from the office helps energize us so we can conquer our work, and it helps us wind down after a long day advancing social change. Here is a sampling of why MGers choose active transportation as our means of travel.
Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner
Starting and ending my day on my bike gives me a chance to think (or zone out), gets my blood pumping and lets me be outside. On the rare days I have to drive, I feel so cooped up and irritated by traffic and parking. On my bike, I zoom past traffic and roll right up to the door of wherever I’m going. I deal much better with the rainy winter on my bike–I think it’s about being outside, breathing fresh air and defeating the elements. And I don’t pay the astronomical downtown parking prices!
Parking in San Francisco is $35 per day, so taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) really is the only option. Now that we are out of rainy season, I get off BART one stop early to get more walking in.
I ride my bicycle to work because it is super fun, saves me money, gives me time to clear my mind and people say it is good for my health–indeed, the hour I spend riding to and from work is often the highlight of my day.
I ride my bike everyday if I am in Portland (rain, snow, and heat). I do 90% of my shopping, errands, etc. on bike and walk to most restaurants. My family has been a one-car family for over 4 years so my active transport is a 7 day a week deal! I walk to most meetings on the eight days per month I spend in D.C., Chicago, San Francisco or New York City — in many instances walking over a hour a day. I take mass transit from and to airports in these cities which always includes walking before and after (remember, a transit ride is just the middle leg of a walking trip). Biking is fun, environmentally friendly, allows for some exercise (although I probably live too close to really get much health benefit), a way for me to walk MG’s talk, and hopefully it inspires others to choose altern
ative transportation options. The time spent biking has some health benefit, provides great thinking and mental relaxation time and it reduces my carbon footprint for ground transport.
I enjoy the two block walk to my Metro station and feeling a connection to my neighborhood. My Metro ride is short—less than 15 minutes—so I will either sit with my own thoughts or read a short news article of interest, which are equally enjoyable. My active commute leaves me feeling connected to people, gives me time to read and puts many, many steps on my pedometer.
I walk about a 1/2 mile to the bus, take it downtown, then walk a 1/4 mile to the office before finishing off with a walk up the stairs to the 7th floor. Then I do it in reverse at the end of the day! Living close-in and working downtown makes a bus-based commute just as easy, if not easier, than taking a car. The main benefits the bus provides me are downtime and exercise. I have thirty minutes on the way to work to read emails, collect my thoughts on the projects I’m working on, and mentally prepare for my day. On the way home, I can unwind from a busy day by checking out my favorite websites or returning personal emails and text messages. My desk-based job isn’t very active, so I’m glad to be in a routine that prompts me to walk daily.