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UPDATED: Blog Promo: Top 10 Reasons to Bike/Bus/MAX/Pool/Walk in November

96 Comments

(The Blog Promo is closed.  Check out the Honorable Mentions List.  The Top 10 will be posted on Monday!)

 

View from the office window?

It's November.

It's Portland.

Do you know where your rain coat is?

It might be a little bit damp.  It might be dark at 4:30.  But no matter the weather, it's always the right time of year to bike, walk, bus, MAX, or carpool to work. 

We want to know what motivates you to stick with your smart commute during the less pleasant season (also called "Portland Winter"). 

Is it money saved?  Exercise gained?  Aging delayed?  Traffic disdain? 

Send us an email (or post a comment) and let us know your top reason(s).  We'll pick our favorites and compile a Top 10 list.  You can win prizes! (Hot Lips Pizza, Chocolate, Bike Gallery Gift Certificates, and more!)

Thanks for participating!

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Marci

November 12, 2008 at 12:39 PM

What keeps me using MAX is first the cost of gas and second is the downtime to read and relax before and after work.

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Timo Forsberg

November 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM

How about...
Easier to find bike parking than in the summer;
You feel so good when you get inside again...

Bring your reasons for biking to November's PDOT Bicycle Brown Bag, "Celebrating Winter Cycling".

Thursday, Nov. 20th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

This month's session is cosponsored and hosted by Portland State University - note the special location:

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Union Rm 238
1825 SW Broadway
(bring your lunch!)

Bicycle Brown Bag webpage: http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=34816&a=144945

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Cathy Grant

November 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Not that I would be walking or riding a bike to work in the rain.... and all the things mentioned are great such as exercise etc..
Hoping we all are doing what we can to have a healthier self and environment.
Also, I find I admire those who get out and fight the elements to get to work safely.
The more that take advantage of a different way to work other than drive alone... the more others will rethink how they get to work and try another way.

Thanks,
Cathy Grant

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Dave Cannard

November 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM

  1. Commuting from Vancouver for a dollar a day. (The company reimburses most of my C-tran pass.)
  2. The 10-minute walk bus-to-office and office-to-bus and the calories it burns.
  3. Making new friends on the bus.
  4. Being able to work at home on Fridays in this weather is great. 15-foot commute from the bedroom to the home office and being able to work in my PJ's while the laundry machines do their work.
6

Leisa

November 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM

10)Easiest way to pick up your morning cuppa joe along the way
9)Opportunity to walk off the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie eaten during hoilday dinners
8)Smell the fresh smell of rain
7)Splash through the mud puddles
6)Imitate Frank Sinatra's tap dance bit in "Singing In The Rain"

  1. Kick up leaves
  2. Destress from the long work day of sitting at your office desk

3)Catch a few more minutes of hibernating sleep on the MAX to and from work
2)Chance to write out your holiday wish list and shopping lists on the MAX
1)How else can you personally wish holiday cheer to fellow Portlander Smart trip commuters?

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Deb Stone

November 12, 2008 at 12:46 PM

The main reason I stay on my bicycle is to avoid "hip expansion". I also feel a humble sense of superiority over the car drivers. By humble, I mean I would never do anything to let them know I am superior,but just the opposite. I want them to think they can run me over at anytime, but would never think of doing it in reality. I want them to stay on my good side.

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John Wilson

November 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Why I ride my bicycle to work in November

Lots of bike parking.
I don't own a car.
Jogging is tough on the knees.
Walking takes too long.
It's not so hot, and quite comfortable if you have the right gear.
Good substitute for caffeine.
Easy exercise in the winter, better than a gym.
Cheaper than the bus, and twice as fast.
I like riding through puddles.
It builds character.
It's empowering.
I love wool.

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Nathan

November 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Top for biking:
Great cardiovascular exercise
Can make a smile creep across your face as you pass backed up traffic that starts at one traffic light and ends at the next traffic light, knowing you do not have to be a part of the 'stop, go scoot' line dance.
"Gas tax holiday? I must be on gas tax retirement."
Premium parking.
Less stressful by taking low traffic routes.
Bus:
Let someone else deal with the difficulties of seeing through a wet and foggy windshield
Walk:
Stress reducer, enjoy the scenery and details.
Any:
No auto loan payments, no fuel fees (only need to fuel yourself!), no insurance premiums, reduced road rage incidents and improvement of personal health.

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Donna Shackelford

November 12, 2008 at 12:51 PM

As a native Portlander, I've always enjoyed walking in the weather. In fact, during grade school years, parents of fellow students would stop and ask if I wanted a ride on rainy days. I always declined and walked the 12 blocks between my home and the school. It's a time to reflect on our lovely city, listen to the rain splatter and be with myself. I now live too far from my work to walk (11 miles) but I get the same feeling as I wait for a bus and notice the changes in nature, or watch the dawn to the east. I value my home town, the influx of population frightens me, and I'll do everything within my ability to preserve our environment.

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Tom Knaust

November 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM

I bike all winter and I will continue to because:

  1. It's not always raining, but you have to be outside to appreciate when it stops
  2. I love splashing through puddles
  3. Once you're wet it's not so bad
  4. I am in the best shape of my life and I owe it all to a daily 14 mile commute
  5. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ so cheap to bike
  6. I know I'm helping to save the planet one peddle stroke at a time
  7. Rain tastes delicious
  8. The feeling of accomplishment after riding against a headwind and heavy rain
  9. I don't like to support the big oil industry
  10. biking makes me smile
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Kristine

November 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM

There's no better feeling than getting into the office, rosey nosed and warm from the walk into work. My fifteen-minute walk each way helps me ease into my work day and decompress on my way home. Plus you can't pass up a few extra minutes of exercise - Each trip makes a difference!

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Shelly

November 12, 2008 at 12:53 PM

I walk about 1/2 mile to and from the bus and max, and spend about 45 minutes riding. Why?

  1. So I can wear my coats and clothes that are too hot the rest of the year. :D
  2. Save money (gas & parking downtown).
  3. It's my only "alone" time of the day where I can sit and think, plan, or do nothing at all.
  4. It keeps me grounded and more in touch with the metro area and how fellow Portlanders are doing.
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Sharon Johnson

November 12, 2008 at 12:55 PM

My biggest reason to continue in the rain is that I get to wear my awesome leopard print rain boots and open my matching umbrella!
Of course I will continue to stick with the MAX and on occassion ride my bike in, no matter the rain because it will save me $8.25 a day (parking) not to mention the savings in gas and our planet.

16

Zey

November 12, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Driving in with cool people while saving on commute expenses...
There's something really powerful about connecting with good people energy first thing in the morning.
Also it's fun cheering on the bike commuters from the car window. :-)

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Nat Kerr

November 12, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Even if I'm sick I ride in the rain. Its a lot better than standing around getting cold while waiting for a bus.

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Stephanie P

November 12, 2008 at 12:57 PM

I keep commuting because it saves on money (gas, parking downtown every day, insurance, etc...) and I get a chance to listen to my family as we commute to work/school and home. The whole family is in the car, mom and dad get to talk about important issues and the kids get to learn about "hot topics" going on in the world.
We had great discussions about the elections and who we thought would win and the major issues concerning us as citizens of the USA. My kids are young, but my 4 year old is able to say who the candidates were and their VEEPS are, had her own opinions of the outcome and through our conversations, got her preschool class talking politics around the lunch table! The idea of conscious conversations with our kids is a great incentive to carpool.

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laura

November 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM

my husband and i are saving $360 a month on a car payment and insurance.. not to mention how much extra we save not having to buy gas! more than enough money saved for a cute pair of rain boots and a fancy umbrella.

our employer also has a healthy rewards program that allows us to tally our exercise each month and qualify for benefits we can then apply to our health expenses. that 30 minutes of walking we do in our daily work commute adds up to a nice amount of extra cash to spend on unexpected doctor appointments and medical expenses. with the state of health insurance now, every bit helps!

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Shirley Ann

November 12, 2008 at 1:03 PM

For me, commuting in from Barbur transit center, service is so good that it really doesn't save me time to drive. It also costs a lot to park downtown (not to mention the parking tickets)

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Erik Vidstrand

November 12, 2008 at 1:04 PM

The main reason is to allow me time to relax, read or catch up with some work while riding the bus AND MAX to get to work and back home. Although this doesn't happen every day, I try to take public transportation as my work schedule allows.

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Mary Henry

November 12, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Being outdoors in all kinds of weather is exilerating, keeps me svelte, brings color to my cheeks, brings a smile to my face and cycling brings back my childhood when I rode to my heart's content.

24

H. Bader

November 12, 2008 at 1:08 PM

I take the Max daily. It's faster than driving and trying to find pariking. I enjoy the being able to read, relax, or catch up on sleep while riding the Max...

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MarcieC

November 12, 2008 at 1:14 PM

My reasons for continuing to vanpool from Salem to Portland in the winter:

  1. It still saves money over driving and parking
  2. Someone else drives at least one direction in the rain and dark
  3. I can still get my reading time in by using the book lights in the van
  4. Probably most important is that it continues to keep me from going insane having to fight the traffic by myself
  5. Excellent discussion opportunities with my vanpool mates
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Margaret

November 12, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Between parking and gas bussing it saves me at least $100 each month.
I get more exercise walking to the bus than driving.
My bus trip is about 30 minutes when the bus is on time. That's about right for transition time between work and home.

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Mim

November 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM

As a former resident of NYC, I am a huge fan of public transit, despite the fact that since having kids, I end up driving way more than I used to -- wrangling a toddler plus baby, stroller, diaper bag, etc, onto a bus or even a few blocks walk can be hard! And forget about a relaxing ride with a book! But even so, I do try to use buses and the MAX as much as possible. So I'd add to this list:

Setting a good example for my kids (currently a baby and toddler) -- demonstrating that life does not revolve around getting into the car.

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Danielle

November 12, 2008 at 1:19 PM

I love seeing new people on the Max and talking, since I'm one of the few who are not "plugged in".

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H Sickert

November 12, 2008 at 1:25 PM

I love riding the MAX or bus during the rainy season even more because not only do I miss out on lots of traffic due to accidents, but it gives me the chance to plan my free time. From the MAX, I see or hear about all the great Portland holidya and seasonal festivities. So efficient! And as a result we're more likely to take public transit to the event.

Thanks!

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Barbra

November 12, 2008 at 1:26 PM

I love that the MAX runs in practically any weather. I've never missed a day of work because I couldn't make it in. Other cool things about taking public transit: people watching; having a chance to read, listen to music or rest my eyes; losing track of gas prices because I hardly ever fill up; easily going to the Zoo, Downtown, events and the airport!

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Katherine Powers

November 12, 2008 at 1:27 PM

My top ten reasons for leaving the car at home for my commute:

#1: Getting to work by bike is actually quicker than by car in my case.
#2: Bike commuting provides a regular cardiovascular workout without the money spent or the awkward feelings of shyness that come with going to the gym.
#3: Car expenses are a lot cheaper with a one car household and irregular usage.
#4: If you get momentarily lost in thought during your commute, you are not as likely to kill others or cause property damage.
#5: Talking on the phone or listening to music is a no-no on bikes since passing signals are vocal, so bike commuting gives you quiet time to think.
#6: It is nice feeling a little less responsible for polluting the environment.
#7: How can you enjoy getting home to a nice cozy cup of tea if you never get out there in the elements?
#8: Enjoying your surroundings at the speed of life- You miss noticing a lot of the world around you when you are staring at the bumper of the car in front of you.
#9: Never having to worry about finding and paying for a parking spot- even downtown.
#10: There is less likelihood of bicycle gridlock if Godzilla attacks the city during your commute.

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John

November 12, 2008 at 1:29 PM

No need to worry about the windshield fogging up, causing you to accidentally run a red light and get T-boned by a SUV. That's why I bike and walk in the winter. Because I like my life, and I refuse to flirt so cavalierly with death by driving.

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JoEllen Carothers

November 12, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Biking and walking to transit help burn off calories so that I can eat more yummy Thanksgiving Day food!

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Carissa

November 12, 2008 at 1:49 PM

I vote for the guy early on who gave the reason "I love wool."

My reason: I love to bike for the exercise and fun in the morning, and I can always put my bike on the bus if it's dark and wet. In this city, a car would be limiting.

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Ellen

November 12, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Riding MAX allows me to
*be fiscally responsible;
*be environmentally responsible;
*leave the driving to somebody else;
*allows me to listen to my iPod, which relaxes me, and makes me a nicer person to be around at work and home

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Katie

November 12, 2008 at 1:54 PM

commuting via bus is a great relaxer, since I drive 28 country miles to the bus..... however, it is frustrating when I get to the bus stop and have buses pass me by because they are already packed like sardine cans.

Saves time and gas, gives me "nap" time and in the evenings I can catch up on the paper.

Let the bus drivers deal with the traffic hassles in the city.

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Debbie

November 12, 2008 at 1:55 PM

I really enjoy my daily ride on the max to work. It allows me to save money and catch up on my reading. So what if the book get's a little wet it will dry.

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Jennifer

November 12, 2008 at 2:03 PM

I love the bus/MAX during the "Portland Winter" because it saves my sanity. Yes, that means carrying more stuff like an umbrella (yes, I know, how UN-PNW of me), scarf, hat and gloves. And it takes longer than driving. But, it saves me from getting ticked off at the jerks on the road who don't know how to drive in the rain. In the past month or so I have found myself driving more and more due to various commitments and I am SICK and tired of it. I have decided that I am done and all responsibilities that require me to drive on occasion are being passed off on to my husband who stays home with our children. I love my "quiet" time during my Tri-Met commute even if I don't like often not getting to sit on the MAX. It truly is a sanity saver!

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Tom

November 12, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I commute on my bike in the Portland cold and rain to stay in shape for racing cyclocross. It is also cheaper and faster than the bus, although, the bus is always there if I need it.

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Heather

November 12, 2008 at 2:08 PM

My husband and I carpool quite a distance from Portland. With him starting graduate school and me working long hours, carpooling is certainly a cost-saving measure, but also precious time to spend together in otherwise hectic lives. We can vent about the day during the drive and arrive home with that out of the way.

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Paul

November 12, 2008 at 2:10 PM

I enjoy the feeling of smugness I get when I'm waiting at the lights/stop sign in the rain, and you just know the drivers around you in their tin-cans are thinking "you must be crazy". Yep, I am!

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Teresa S

November 12, 2008 at 2:14 PM

I enjoy taking the MAX to and from work daily because:

  1. It is safer for bicyclists, pedestrians, and me that I am not negotiating my commute under crummy visibility conditions,
  2. I save a lot of money on my car insurance (wink),
  3. I save gas (more environmentally friendly),
  4. I am not part of the "parking lot" along Sunset Highway,
  5. I don't pay exorbitant fees for daily parking, and,
  6. I can enjoy the colors of the leaves on the trees while riding to and from my home.
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Jenn A

November 12, 2008 at 2:21 PM

I ride my bike for the air. After being cooped up in an office all day, rain or shine is medicine and beats cramming myself into another closed compartment.

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Chantel

November 12, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Mostly I like walking to work across the Hawthorne bridge right at sunrise and the morning lights of Downtown Portland reminds me how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful city. Although when it's windy, the Mary Poppins thing is quite the experience...lol

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Laurie

November 12, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Reasons for riding the bus:

  1. Good for the environment - Be Green
  2. Conserve gas
  3. Save money on parking and gas
  4. Potential for decreasing insurance rates due to fewer in-city miles driven daily.
  5. Time to read, study or chill.
  6. Meet new people
  7. Learn something new from new people.
  8. Get more exercise walking to and from bus stop.
  9. Chance to mentally prepare for the work day in the morning and then your evening at home in the afternoon.
  10. Feel good about yourself by doing your 'one thing' to make the world a better place.
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Susan

November 12, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Life is an olfactory experience--- what smells better in the winter?- the damp walk/ bus full of riders/ car exhaust? I ride the bus and walk because its the only way to go

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Kristen

November 12, 2008 at 2:36 PM

It is the adrenaline rush of riding my bike that is way better than caffeine! The ride makes me feel good about my body and my environment!

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Lisa A. Butler

November 12, 2008 at 2:46 PM

All the above plus.....time to relax and close my eyes or play a game on my ipod before starting the second half of my day.

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Justin

November 12, 2008 at 2:47 PM

1# reason I believe more people in Portland should ride in inclement weather is the lack of bathing around this place. A shower would only do some of us good! ;)

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Chris Kondrat

November 12, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Reasons for riding Max in November

Relaxing
Read
Do crosswords
Avoid traffic which is worse in the rain
Be in solidarity with the poor who rely on public transport
Less pollution
Free (employer provides pass)
Don't have to drive in the dark and rain
Social
Door to door for me
Don't have to warm up a cold car
Doze
Time to reflect

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Dove Hotz

November 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM

i'm afraid i'm just a fair-weather bike commuter ... but taking the bus is easy -- rain or shine! and during the rainy season, i tend to "run" for the bus a little faster, to make up for the lack of pedal power. here's hoping they don't cut the #10 direct downtown service :-(

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Tim

November 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Why do I take the MAX in November?

The most prevelant reason would be cost. An annual Tri-Met pass through work only costs me a few hundred dollors a year. But if I had to pay for gas and parking, it would easily be over a grand.

Besides, the MAX has some distinct advantages over driving a car. Here's my top 10:

  1. No traffic jams to worry about.
  2. You can take a nap on the MAX.
  3. You enjoy a book or newspaper on the MAX
  4. Walking to and from the MAX is good exercise.
  5. Running to try and catch the MAX is great exercise!
  6. Sometimes that homeless kid comes around with candy bars for sale.
  7. No need to find parking.
  8. The MAX is always your designated driver.
  9. Did I already mention you can sleep on the MAX?

And the number one reason why the MAX is better than a car:

  1. Crazy people on the MAX make for good entertainment.
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Leslie Miller

November 12, 2008 at 3:06 PM

I ride the bus to work for two reasons.
One: To save money. Parking on PSU's campus is expensive, and I have better things to buy than gas for my car.
Two: I like to read. My 45 minute ride is not just time getting to and from work but also time to read. Right now I am on a Nancy Drew kick, and I can not wait for the end of my work day so I can get back to the big mystery.

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Tammy L

November 12, 2008 at 3:11 PM

BIKING IS AN IMPRESSIVE GOOD TIME!
Biking The Less Pleasant Season is an opportunity to:

  • Experience some really dynamic weather. Daily.
  • Beat the winter blahs.
  • Feel lively in the mornings. Right away!
  • Eat holiday calories yet avoid unpleasant waistline expansion
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Jessy

November 12, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Taking the bus/MAX allows me to kiss my man any time I want during the trip... Not just at the red lights!

Scientific studies have proven:

More kisses = Happier me

It's true!

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Bob

November 12, 2008 at 3:16 PM

  1. The opporutunity to pet about 1000 friendly dogs on your way to work.
  2. The 6 straight months that allow you to shower on the way to work instead of when you just get up.
  3. The chance to save $125.00 a month in parking money (and the gas to get you to the garage).
  4. When you ride the bus you don't have to wake up as much as when you drive.
  5. You can challenge yourself to keep your car's annual mileage under 5,000.00 miles.
  6. On your way to work you can feel good that you live in Portland and not where you used to live.
  7. On a crowded bus you get to re-learn everything you forgot about physics in high school.
  8. The bus route goes by a lot of bars.
  9. If a girl is willing to ride the bus home with you she's a keeper.
  10. The ability to impress your relatives with the fact that you ride to work in a vehicle powered by biofuels. If you're family is from the midwest it makes them feel proud of their corn.
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Matt

November 12, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Top three:

  1. There ain't much fresh water left on Earth. Get some for free while you still can! When it's gone you'll be sorry!
  2. If Humans are about 70% water, and the Earth is about 73% water, we've got some catching up to do if we want to feel like we're truly One.
  3. Sometimes it's/Some things are better wet
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Ron C

November 12, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Top reasons to bike commute in November:

An opportunity to break out the high performance wet weather apparel
Avoid getting mucky leaves on your car
Race a tugboat along the Springwater trail
Revel in co-workers thinking you are a fanatic
Bunny hop fallen branches
REALLY get the heart pumping when sliding on wet light rail tracks and slippery leaves.
No fear of sunburn
Waving to equally drenched bike commuters heading in the opposite direction.
Looking forward to the warm shower at work after the ride in.
At least it isn't as cold as December.

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Joan Larson

November 12, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Taking Max during rush hour is a great stress reliever, as we ride along the stopped traffic on 84N, I spend my time reading great books, I love it.

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Kathleen Saunders

November 12, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Many reasons that I love riding this time of year...
It is cooler, quiet, peaceful...I love my raingear..water does not hurt me, I will always dry out. I am awake when I get to work and ready to go..I am more relaxed by the time I get home. Get on your bike and try it, you'll like it!!!

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Luanne Zoller

November 12, 2008 at 4:36 PM

If the coffee didn't wake me up, the walk to the bus will plus I love the smells and feels of fall/winter. It feels great to be alive and outside in the weather! Pshaw to those people going by in their cars. They think they are better off but they don't know what they are missing out on. There is lots of walking, reading, conversing, and music enjoyment in my commute. What about you?

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Kara

November 12, 2008 at 4:57 PM

I ride my bike 1.5 miles each way because it makes me HAPPY and balanced for the day and strong. Plus it is the fastest way to get downtown and its FREE! once I invest in rain gear...

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Brenda Scotton

November 12, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Hi!
I work two jobs M-Th...PCC and Multnomah County.
Bus and walking work good for that commute.
I am lucky that Multnomah County provides bus passes to thier employees.

Fridays I only work the county, so I can commute by bike.

I like the bus for not having to be responsible for driving and I like the bike for the fresh air I get rain or shine.
I'm also glad I am part of keeping Portland cleaner and greener by not using an auto to commute.

Brenda Scotton

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Peter Koonce

November 12, 2008 at 5:11 PM

  1. Biking allows my car to develop really cool spider webs between the rear view mirror and the door.
  2. Allows me to justify all the bike gear.
  3. Makes the rest of the time indoors seem like a treat.
  4. Gives you a reason to question your own sanity (a couple of the last days in particular).
  5. Less congestion in the bike lane than in the summer.
  6. Reduces the cost of getting Transit Tracker active on my phone.
  7. Faster than walking.
  8. Makes me laugh when I hear someone say "Drill, baby, Drill"
  9. The view of wildlife from the Springwater Trail beats the view of strip development from McLoughlin Boulevard.
  10. It makes the morning coffee taste that much better.
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Craig R. Lowrie

November 12, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Rain, rain, stay and play! It takes me about 10 more minutes to ride my bike to school (PSU) and I feel about 10 times better at the end of the day. Sometimes its hard to find time to get to the gym, but since I ride my bike I never have to worry about it. I am guilt free!
My main motivator in the morning is to brew coffee, drink a cup, and pour some in my thermos for when I get to school. I look forward to warm coffee after the bike ride.

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Zach

November 12, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Riding the bus in November is like a ticket to Heaven. You officially become better than anyone else commuting. Better than people driving their own cars (that's obvious); better than cyclists (because you don't have to spend money on rain gear); better than pedestrians (who may get hit by the car or bike). Basically, you're saying to the world: Hey! You think you've got it bad? I've got it so much worse than any of you! I've purposefully decided to get on the bus with lots of other people. Lots of other WET people who may smell like dogs and look like Precious Moment figurines with their sopping wet hair and soaking wool coat that used to smell good. I choose this. I rule.

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Lalena Dolby

November 12, 2008 at 6:10 PM

The city always looks better when taken in on foot, at a human pace. Leaves underfoot change from brilliant crisp yellows to mushy browns. The air grows moist. The wind blows the rain sideways. When I abandon my inside-out umbrella that has smacked my face too many times, I feel alive. And so I keep walking rain or shine.

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Marie

November 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Is it money saved? Exercise gained? Aging delayed? Traffic disdain?

Yes to ALL of the above and: deliciously clean morning air; conversations on the bus and at bus stops; delightful bus drivers; beautiful fall colors; and the blessing of being above ground instead of 6 feet below.

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John

November 12, 2008 at 7:20 PM

I really like the shocked look on colleagues and office car communters when I join them in the elevator. Seeing me drenched and ready for work is always a plesant feeling. My reply. "When was the last time you walked or biked in a downpour; it makes you feel alive". Keep portland weird.

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Alan

November 12, 2008 at 8:20 PM

I like to carpool to a few reasons.

It saves us money in that we can split the cost of commuting, and I really like the company I share in the drive time. Its nice to be able to connect to those I ride with.

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Karen

November 12, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Tonight for the commute home it was POURING. I sure was glad that my bus driver was dealing with the poor visibility, big puddles and heavy traffic, and I could relax.

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Chena

November 13, 2008 at 6:48 AM

Buses are too steamy in the rain (not to mention stinky) and visibility sucks in a car through all that rain. What else am I gonna do?

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Don

November 13, 2008 at 7:42 AM

I'm sticking with my commute via transit during the winter for the same reasons I do during the summer: 1. it saves me money, 2. I don't have to deal with traffic (plus I get to reclaim my commute time by reading), and 3. I like knowing that my action results in one less car on the road.

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Ann

November 13, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Bike or bus, depending on my mood and the "gloom" factor. The benefits are exercise and a faster commute by bike or reading time and no stripes by bus.
Please rake and compost leaves; the roads and sidewalks would be safer for all, and your garden will thrive!

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Mary Negravel

November 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I love to walk in the misty rain but not so much when it down pours!

I head to a good movie on thoes dark and rainy nights which includes a Latte'

:)

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Britton Pietz

November 13, 2008 at 11:15 AM

The three mile walk to/from downtown is the best part of my day - regardless of the weather. It's a great time for me to think, get a breath of fresh air, listen to my iPod, and I always arrive at my destination in a better mood.

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Crystal

November 13, 2008 at 11:35 AM

My husband and I take the bus everyday to work and we live in SW Portland where there are numerous hills. I consider walking a half mile to and from the bus stop is a great way to get in a mile of walking and spend quality time with my hubby before the day starts!

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Jamie

November 13, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Why do I take the max to work, even in November? Cause I work in downtown Portland! Isn't that reason enough?

Other than avoiding the obvious parking and traffic nightmares, riding max also keeps me aware of what's going on in the community.

It keeps me on my toes (literally) and keeps my senses very alert- there are so many crazies out there! I honestly don't know how people manage to feel secure enough to sleep during their ride. =O

The exercise doesn't hurt either. And since I refuse to carry an umbrella, I have learned to love being rained on.

=) Thanks for reading =)

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Zoe Green

November 13, 2008 at 12:24 PM

10 Best reasons to ride year round:
#1 The view is just a beautiful when the leaves, rain and snow are falling.

#2 Best way to fight the Oct - March gloom

#3 The need to burn calories is even greater in the winter

#4 Traffic is more horrifically slower in the winter than summer

#5 Buses are crowded and steamy

#6 A hot shower at the end of the day

#7 My co-workers respect me more for not being a fair-weather rider

#8 It’s cheaper than the bus

#9 The feeling of being part of the elements can’t be beat

#10 The Mt Hood view from the Esplanade by bike (really it’s awesome year round)

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Matt

November 13, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Biking in November:

  • Keeps you in shape in general and for ski season
  • Saves Money
  • Avoids Traffic
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Accelerates growth of webbed feet
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Luci

November 13, 2008 at 4:09 PM

I use public transportation because I can't afford a car, insurance and parking. Plus I live downtown and don't need one. I have a little rolling cart if I need to get groceries or something. Sometimes it would be nice to have use of a car - might be quicker, I could drop off the mountain of stuff I have for Goodwill, or I could buy bigger things without having to enlist the help of friends. But I do have friends I could ask, or I could rent a car - better yet use Flexcar.

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haley

November 13, 2008 at 5:43 PM

My Top Ten reasons for walking Portland in November:

  1. I love the smell of the damp earth.
  2. I always believe that moist weather is better for your skin than dry weather.
  3. I get to wear great waterproof shoes.
  4. I lose weight before gaining weight through the holidays.
  5. There are cool cats that I visit on various routes.
  6. I get to listen to fantastic music like Pink Martini.
  7. I get to talk to myself.
  8. I drink more if I haven't taken a walk.
  9. I am enclosed all day at work- why would I want to do that at home?
  10. I find some of the strangest items- usually baby toys that have been launched (found art).
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wayne.naillon@gmail.com Naillon

November 13, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I find that riding my bike to work elevates my mood and wakes me up without as much caffeine. So I arrive to work happier and on top of my game, ready to deal with whatever is thrown at me.

The ride home is a detox from work. It allows me to leave all the stress at the federal corrections facility, and not take it home with me. I sleep better if I have riden my bike that day.

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Travis Wittwer

November 13, 2008 at 9:24 PM

My motivation for biking downtown? My sons. Nearly every day, I bike downtown with my youngest son to pick up my two sons from school.

Then, the four of us, me peddling my bakfiets and them in the box spend a wonderful 40 minutes talking and singing and coming up with really bad puns. Trust me, they are wheely bad. Wait, I may have spoke too soon. Yikes, it is a vicious cycle. Better put the brakes on.

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Julie

November 13, 2008 at 9:46 PM

We deliberately chose to live within walking distance of where we work. That said, here are some observations on being outside a car in November:

(1) You can carry a camera with you and get some BEAUTIFUL pictures if you're not driving a car.
(2) Have you SEEN the traffic at rush hour?? Who'd want to be stuck in that? Let me feel the wind and rain anytime rather than that.
(3) Rain is an excuse to use my beautiful Cirque-du-Soleil umbrella. [Tho' I liked the comment above about the "Mary Poppins effect.]
(3) Getting excercise before/after work is a great stress-reducer.

Thanks, all of you who continue to cycle! You inspire me.

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Melinda

November 14, 2008 at 8:26 AM

What motivates me to ride the bus in winter:

All my coats have hoods anyway.
I can "read" audio books on my iPod.
I can spend more money on shoes (or retirement) than on gas.
Someone else gets a chance to shake their fist and curse at the driver on their cell phone.
Mine is one less car contributing to traffic jams.
The walk from bus to building keeps some of the flab at bay a little longer.
Spandex bike shorts are not flattering with my figure.

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Deidre

November 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM

The crazy lady on the bus keeps my problems in perspective! Plus, I love zoning out on the newspaper and my tunes and letting the driver worry about the traffic :)

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Howard Groopman

November 16, 2008 at 7:06 PM

I'm a longtime bus rider who stopped driving to Barbur Transit Center in July and started taking a nearby bus instead. Despite the bad weather, I will coninue doing the same to save a little on gas and to protect the air.

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