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Honorable Mentions: Motivations for smart commuting in winter


You submitted so many great reasons to continue your smart commute during winter we had to create two lists, an Honorable Mentions and the final Top 10.  We'll post the winners' Top 10 list on Monday.  But here's a sneak peak of your fantastic entries.

Thanks for participating!  This was fun!

Honorable Mention Motivations:


- My carpool is like therapy on wheels.  We've been together for 18 years! - Inge W

- My husband and I carpool quite a distance from Portland...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.  - Heather

- Until we can be teleported directly to work and avoid all this driving, I'm glad my husband and I have our carpool "together time" each work day. - Nancy B


- I bike commute during winter because it's not always raining, but you have to be outside to appreciate when it stops. - Tom K

- Someday some local indie band will write a song about riding bikes in Portland in November and I can look back and tell my kids, "That was yer pop!" - Bob M

- Biking to work in November is like celebrating Christmas every day of the year - lots of lights a blinkin' and bells a ringin'! - Greta M

- Because biking in the winter makes me feel a little hardcore. - James H

- It shouldn't matter but......people are really impressed when you bike in the rain :) - Lisa R


- I commute by bus to save $, so I can buy my own Hot Lips Pizza and gourmet chocolate. Matthew L

- When it is dark outside & windows fog up it is so nice to sit on the MAX & watch the traffic on the Freeway from my window seat - Diane T

- Sense of community (seriously--I love the folks who ride the #16)! - Maria L

- It makes me smarter because I have time to read!!! - Leanna S

- The hot chick that rides the same bus as I do. - David F

- I take the bus because I love being a part of the "B-39 Awesome Club!"  Riding with my people starts my day off right! - Chris L


- A haiku:

Walking in the rain
Sat in the office all day
There is nature.  Sploosh. - Robert F

- I'm cheap and I like to walk through the raisin-bran like mush of leaves every morning. - Kathy P

- I wear a pedometer and seeing the steps I'm adding each day is encouraging for me. - Lynn D

- I have lost 15 lbs just by walking 15 blocks everyday for the past 6 months without changing my eating habits. - Lorena S

- I have discovered an entirely new culture downtown as I walk through it twice every day. When I drove I was completely oblivious to another part of my community. - Connie B

General (or mode-neutral):


- It's the right thing to do!  Simple. - Robert M

- Ahhhh...the exercise! Ahhhh...the wonderful neighborhoods of Portland! AHHHHH...the wonderful neighbors! - Steve T


- To save money for that trip to sunny Hawaii in February 2009! - Jill T

- Gas and parking would cost me at least $10.00 a day.  When I save that much, who needs to pack a brown bag lunch?  I can try a different restaurant downtown every day! - Meghan H

- The exercise offsets my chocolate covered raisin consumption (a little anyway) - Anne H


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