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The Sweet Side of SmartTrips


Here At SmartTrips Business, we're all about choices. Whether you're carpooling, taking transit, biking or walking we think you're making a great decision.  Like Forrest Gump's mother said, life is like a box of chocolates, offering different pleasures for different contexts.

Now, we'd like to say that we enjoy all the chocolates equally, but we go crazy for the chocolate nougat bites and put back the chocolates filled with coconut.

Yes, we all have our favorites - and our February blog promotion is all about the SmartTrip that you hold closest to your heart.

Here's how it works: Simply leave a comment telling us which commute mode is your true sweetheart and why. Whether it's the wind blowing through your hair on your bike, giggling with your carpool partner, or reading Lady Chatterley's Lover on the MAX, we want to know which mode you love the most and why.

14 lucky winners will receive delicious organic dark chocolate!  What could be sweeter than that?


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Katie Salazar

February 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM

My sweetheart of a trip is the #17 Holgate bus. As a frequent service bus, it is very convenient to me as well as a meeting place for new friends. I have made lifelong friends with a couple of notable #17 passengers adding even more pleasure to an already easy trip downtown!



February 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Max and I have become sweethearts. He always has fun entertainment, whether he is allowing me to read or listen to music or sometimes there is a live show with the "Keep Portland Weird" riders. He is generally on time and predictable, but can catch you off guard on occasion - like this morning's adventure. But I haven't gotten chocolates from him, Yet :-)



February 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Waiting outside for MAX on a warm, spring day is the best. Going from a closed in cubicle to a closed in car on a day when the sun is shinning and the temperature is hovering close to 60 degrees is a terrible way to end a day.


Susan Marie

February 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I love walking to the bus stop watching the first flowers of spring come up and hearing birds again(!) and catching my #12 bus right downtown. It's great.


Tracy Lambert

February 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I like riding the max. Then I can put on my ipod and read a book while I am traveling to my destination.


Rachel Kelly

February 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM

There's nothing nothing nothing better than the payoff of biking - climbing that last hill and then sailing down, unpassable and so free.


Michelle Seward

February 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I love bike commuting The commute relaxes me. Riding my bikes gives me the time to take care of myself, both physically and emotionally. It keeps me sane.



February 9, 2010 at 12:12 PM

I LOVE taking the streetcar. It seems very old fashion to me and there are always lots of cute guys on it. :)


Janet Schmidt Hamilton

February 9, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I love my commute to work on my bike. Riding over the Broadway Bridge as the sunrises is a dream.



February 9, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I love riding into work with my sweetheart. The best is when we're on side streets and can ride side by side and chat, just like if we were car commuting. If only my coffee cup was easier to reach.


Theresa LoMonaco

February 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I have become a regular bus commuter since last April, 2009, when my office relocated to downtown Portland. I'm lucky enough to catch the 94 express bus to and from work and my bus stop is only 4 or 5 blocks from work. The express bus comes every 10 minutes or so during rush hours. I find that I have more time to relax and read on the way to work. I also get more exercise walking to and from the bus. I've met some nice people on the bus and I like my drivers. Sometimes when I have extra time in the morning and I make the right connections, I catch the Portland streetcar and ride that for a couple of stops after I get off the bus. It's free and fun to ride. I sometimes take the streetcar to go shopping downtown on my lunch hour.


Stephanie Parish

February 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I enjoy commuting with my family in our car pool. I drive on the way in and my husband drives us home. We get a chance to go over the days events on our ride home. It's a great way to keep up with our busy family!


KayDel Marshall

February 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I ride the bus because I can park my car on a neighborhood side street and hop on a bus that gets me downtown within a block of where I work in ten minutes. Short commute time, good company on the bus talking to the regulars, and dropoff close to work.


Mary Henry

February 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Cycling without a doubt. Watching the trees and vegetation change over the course of a year. The wind,the rain and the sun...being in the elements. Cycling to work puts me in a great frame of mind to tackle the work day's challenges. Then, on the way home, I can let go of all the stress that built up over the day as I muscle my way up the last hill to home!


Pam Goodsby

February 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I look forward to a ride on the #4 Division Bus - On the way to work I have a pleasant conversation with a neighbor I met on the bus - and on the way home I can unwind, and either read a good book or (hopefully very soon) look out the window and see the first tulips of Spring.


Heather Karch

February 9, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I love finding new secrets about the city as I walk different routes to my bus stop and seeing familiar faces on the bus as our life temporarily cross during in the morning and evening. Whether or not I actually talk to the familiar travelers of use the time to read or catch up on some sleep there is comfort in the familiarity of a commuter bus.


Carol Bowden

February 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM

My sweetheart is west side Max commute from Hillsboro to downtown Portland because while I'm riding I get to travel all over the world by reading for nearly two hours each weekday about other places in the world. (As a matter of fact, our current morning Max operator asks me what part of the world I'm visiting that particular day through whatever book I'm reading.)



February 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I love riding my bike past my bus on the way to work. Not only do I get downtown faster than on a bus or in a car, but I get a workout on the way (which makes eating that delicious, organic dark chocolate guilt-free!).


Anna DiBenedetto

February 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM

The favorite part of my commute is coming around a bend and seeing Mt. Hood on clear days.



February 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Ah, MAX, the sweetheart who gives me lots of time to read. I do bid farewell earlier than necessary in my commute, so that I can walk a bit before my day begins. Although, depending on the book, there have been some days when I want to keep riding and reading because I am so comfortable!



February 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

My beloved MAX blue line to and from home work is the sweetest thing to me. It enable me to finish reading all the books that my heart desires.



February 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

On bike: the view from the esplanade of the city after dark on a clear winter commute home from work or the brewpub is divine!



February 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

LOVE the freedom and fitness of riding my bike. And, secretly, kind of like feeling smug as I cruise by the unmoving cars. I love the early morning interactions with other riders and runners on the waterfront, and bumping into friends and neighbors on their own bike commute.



February 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I'm in love with our family's morning commute on line 14. One parent accompanies our 9yo to school and one goes to work. It's nice time together and I'm especially fond of reading good novels with my son while we head downtown. Did you know there's really good kid lit?? Only reading together on the bus would have lead me to a love of this new genre.


Kyenne Williams

February 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

As a polyamorist, I love them all. Walking is the most invigorating way to get to work, and I always get compliments on having rosy cheeks and a great attitude when I arrive. My bike is great and we are a bit shy of the busyness close-in, so mostly we hang out in the neighborhood or on the trails. The bus (especially the #77) is a steadfast sweetheart, almost always there when I need a ride, and definitely the most flexible and adaptable way around time. MAX is the best way to shake things up when I am impatient, or have a long commute and it's dark or rainy. Finally, the streetcar makes it possible to dash to Powell's or PSU from work with nary a moment wasted. Variety is indeed the spice of life!


Victoria Gilbert

February 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Every day as I ride my bike to work, my heart is always lifted when I approach the city on the Hawthorne Bridge. The ever-changing texture of the water and the varying effects of the sunrise on the cityscape always fill me with happiness. I feel very lucky to start each day with that moment of bliss.



February 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Getting on the bus in the morning with my 3 year old and having him get excited as he sees buses, bridges, and MAX trains during the trip.


Greg Moore

February 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM

My wife and I commute daily to our separate work places via our fuel-efficient small-suv. Both of us maintain an All-Zone, All Access Tri-met pass for those days when one of us must get to work early or leave late. When the weather turns nice, I'll be pulling out the bike and use it a few times a week to commute to work. We actually built a new home closer to town so we could have more flexibility in how we get to and from work. We've saved a significant amount of money since we dumped our downtown parking spot and our old, gas-guzzler pickup truck. What a difference! I can't wait for the nice weather!



February 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I am all over the place so my fav is the max to work in the morning, riding the 17 home then jumping on my bike to the gym and store! PDX is the best!



February 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I LOVE bike commuting and I LOVE falling in-line with other cyclists crossing the Hawthorne bridge. There is such an awesome camaraderie and even when it rains, it is fun to feel the weather on your face. There are all kinds of people riding all kinds of bikes in all kinds of eclectic gear. It is so entertaining! Riding make it easier to justify eating those chocolates! And now I have also transitioned to riding into the Pearl for the theater because there are more and more bike racks.


Glendyrr Daniel

February 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I love the ease of commuting with my hubby. Talk, don't talk, it doesn't matter. And most of the time, he lets me pick the radio station as well:)



February 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Biking - definitley my sweetheart!
Cool, clear mornings crossing the Steel Bridge is the perfect way to start every day!



February 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM

My bike is my sweetheart! Riding to and from work, I go from tired to energized, grumpy to joyful - all it takes is a mile or so along friendly Portland bike lanes.


Erin Kelley

February 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM

My true mode sweetheart will always be walking. Walking allows me to engage all my senses, feel more deeply enmeshed in the world around me, and move at a slow enough pace to enjoy it all.

I can stop and smell the daphne (or roses) or the beer brewing or the coffee roasting on my east-side industrial district walk. Sometimes I even smell bacon, though its whereabouts remain elusive.

Just this morning I stopped to snap a photo of the rays of sun shining off the Wells Fargo Tower through the fog with the blue sky as a back drop. Gorgeous!

I stop and talk to my walking compatriots when our paths cross. I also enjoy the chats with friends riding their bicycles past me on the Hawthorne Bridge. When on the south side of the deck, I carefully walk past the area where the brids sing so cheerfully and mindlessly leave their droppings below.

Sometimes I stop and touch a flower, a bridge railing, or a pedestrian signal button at SE Taylor & MLK Blvd.

And finally, I taste the cold rain drops in the winter ... or stop by a trusty neighborhood pub for a tasty beverage on my walk home. There's no excuse not to stop in when I'm already at the doorstep and don't have a car to tend to.

Walking is my bliss, my sweetheart, my love. Thank you for letting me reminisce about the wonders of my walking commute!



February 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I really love tearing straight down Sandy Blvd on my bicycle very early on summer mornings when the traffic is light and I can go as fast as I like.


Toni Mendez

February 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM

My love affair with the MAX rivals any and all relationships I have ever had. It allows me to be visually entertained, to hear stories so good as to be music to my ears and ones so bad they make me put on my headphones and force me to go to my happy place and in general experience life on the cities terms with no apologies or excuses. Just like a real relationship!


susan b

February 9, 2010 at 12:27 PM

The dark side of a sweetheart (of a trip)--- the #20 in the evening often has a contingent of riders coming from various 12 Step Programs. The conversation often revolves around desire.... need.... and longing.


Judy Spruil

February 9, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Max to the Max!! the greatest way to get from my office to my Dr. or my office, or my shopping or my Number Nine bus stop -- ...and for only 2:30 I can make it from one end of town to the other and make a couple stops in between. I have met some great folks on my rides...and a couple I know will be life-long friends...couldn't do without you, MAX!!


Dawn Hess

February 9, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I am a #15 Bus Rider. I enjoy the quiet early morning ride downtown every work day. It is like a solen hour of time, to read, knit, or look out the window. There are familiar faces and comfortable sounds as the wheels on the bus go round and round.



February 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I love bike commuting home each evening with my 10 year old son. Pick him up at school after a stressful day of work and we get to ride the five miles home together every night. No traffic, no crowds, no noise except whatever he wants to talk about. Riding with him makes everything right no matter what the weather.


Vittoria Piazza

February 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

waiting for my 10 harold in the morning. surprisingly, most of the time it is rain-free, which nearly makes it magical.

my stop is across from 'central park' which is doubly sweet as i'm a native ny'er.

a few months ago, the stop endeared itself even further by presenting me with a kitty. one day there was a small black and white kitty rubbing on my leg. it came back day after day. after a couple of weeks, i worried when the kitty wasn't there on day. he returned, and when i got off the bus at the end of my day, he was lying on the top of my car. after a couple of days of this, i took him home. we almost named him 'harold', but settled on 'fermata d'autobus', and call him 'fermata' for short


Lola Goldberg

February 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Whether I'm cycling through a clear crisp morning, glancing over my shoulder with awe at another amazing sunrise or being pummeled by icy rain, I appreciate the weather, the trees, listening to the frogs near Mt. Tabor, the fog along the river. Commuting by bicycle makes life so much sweeter.


T Ford

February 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

As in any relashionship, there are times when TriMet & I do not see quite eye to eye.
Whether it is the mourning driver who has gotten off to a late start, or the afternoon driver anxious to get off shift, there are times when we don't quite make the timliness of conections.
All in all, I would rather commute via TriMet than any other means.



February 9, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Taking Tri-Met makes commuting so less stressful.No driving, no dealing with traffic, no accidents because my eyes are closed and I'm getting extra shut-eye.
Not to mention less wear and tear on my car, lower insurance rates, and it's half the cost for gas (wouldn't want to even think about the cost of parking downtown!)



February 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I have 2 sweethearts, Max and #20. I can't decide which I like best, each has their specific good points that I just love. Max lets me quietly knit or lose myself in a good book while listening to music on my mp3. #20 is more upclose and personal, and fun! Great fun watching the Keep Portland Weird people, wonderful conversations with other riders or the bus driver, and best of all, no matter what the season, seeing rain pelting against the windshield as we are warm and safe inside, looking out the window at Christmas decorations, flowers popping up or wildly blooming, children playing in the yard, the Portland skyline as we cross the bridge into downtown,and hearing the bus driver tell us to have a good day! Starts the day out so nicely!


Lulu & Bogart

February 9, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I made a conscious decision to live close to where I work so that my main form of transport is walking! And most importantly, walking with my dog. There is a great community of dog-lovers here in Portland, and no better way to get to know them than walking around.

Bogart - my Airedale Terrier - is also a kind of unofficial ambassador for Portland as he is an avid blogger, with lots of pictures from our (mostly walking) travels around town...

On the rare instances that a car is necessary, having access to a Zipcar is fantastic - for those trips to the grocery store when you have to buy a few 30 pound buckets of cat litter, of course - an hour or two here and there makes a big difference!


Gerald Gamolo

February 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I'm falling in love with biking.
Honestly, biking is the only serious exercise I do these days.
Even during weekends, I get disappointed if I don't get to ride my bike even for an hour.
It's like an accomplishment each time; heading to work, getting home, or just riding around the neighborhood.



February 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM

One of the things I loved our SW home was the #1 bus. It such a short walk and relaxing trip downtown. The only heartbreaking part is that they cut back on some of the trips. Please bring back our buses!



February 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I love the Max. It gives me most of my 'down time' for the day, whether it is reading a book or crocheting.



February 9, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I ride the #94 express from Sherwood to Portland. I get to read my newspaper or work on my crossstitch quilt blocks while someone else does the driving and fights the traffice.



February 9, 2010 at 12:36 PM

My sweetheart is the bus ride home from work - I am lucky as several will get me there: 31, 32 and 33, and alas, the now-extinct 41. The bus ride from downtown takes as long as the walk home - only 10-15 minutes. Easy as pie!


Joleen Jensen-Classen

February 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM

My sweetheart mode of transportation is taking the #77 or #17 bus to and from work in Old Town/Chinatown. It is a pleasant commute that allows me plenty of time to read all the periodicals I collect on my really really favorite mode of transportation, my horse Penn. Unlike the calm mounted patrol horses, Penn is a little high strung for downtown travel. One can dream though!



February 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Biking! Nothing beats the view while riding across the Hawthorne bridge, plus it's 10 minutes faster than the bus.


Mary Elder

February 9, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I enjoyed playing with and figuring out my new phone while riding the #12 from the 74th Street Park & Ride in Tigard into work.



February 9, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I met the love of my life while riding the #1 Greeley bus 19 years ago.... We are still together and falling more in love each day.



February 9, 2010 at 12:40 PM

My sweetheart is Linus - the newest addition to our family. Linus is a bright lipstick red 3-speed internal hub cruiser bike and a ladies mixte frame design. It's takes the cute factor up a notch and invites simplicity the minute your ride begins. With Linus, there is no hurry...just a simple, chill ride from meeting to meeting with a fresh spring daffodil in the small vase on the handlebar and a wooden basket to hold my meeting notes and files. Nothing sweeter than Linus.



February 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Carpooling with co-workers to work gives me a chance to make the transition from home to work and vice versa work to home. When I arrive at either, I'm in the right mental state. We've also laughed a lot, which is great for my health!



February 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Bike commuting is the best! I bike commuted home during the sudden snow storm, and I rode by the bumper to bumper traffic and spinning/stuck cars. It would have taken me 3x (at least) as long to do any other mode of transport.



February 9, 2010 at 12:47 PM

I love that I get a bit of riding, walking, and reading every day. Right outside the door from work is the #4; if I walk to the library after work to pick up holds, it’s the #15; and I can even walk a few blocks in another direction and catch the #14. Oddly enough, all three drop me off one half mile from home. I’m usually reading on the bus, but I’ve had some interesting conversations as well. The best thing now that it’s light out again at the end of my day is that I can continue reading while I walk home! I haven’t tripped and fallen yet (and yes, I stop reading to cross the street!)



February 9, 2010 at 12:49 PM

My favorite ride was jumping on the bus to commute from the south end of downtown to Old Town and read the "Poetry in Motion" posters. But no more with the end of Fareless Square and now its MAX and Streetcar without any poetry.



February 9, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I love riding the bus in winter. Cozy grey weather, fog wrapped around me like a blanket. The air is chill and damp but the bus is warm like a cave, steamy, sleepy. The lights on the bridge are like close-up stars, and the rest of the world is a dream, unreal and invisible.



February 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Biking is thwe way to go. Just you and your bike. No delays to monitor or anyone to rely upon. Plus you can't beat the exercise and the daily challenge of the thigh buster hill on interstate!


Sheri Miller

February 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM

The street car is nice because I have time to look at all the stores and dream of shopping at each one!



February 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM

I live too far away from work to walk all the way so I take MAX and walk a little bit. The walking is my very favorite. It makes me feel alive and sane!


Tina W

February 9, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Now that I can ride the Green line MAX with less than a one mile walk from home, I am liking it. Especially sweet for me is that the sitting down (when possible) to read my book and get my brain out of 'work' mode. All that would make it better would be an improved bus connection heading EAST from the Lents/Foster Rd station or safer pedestrian access around the freeway ramps.


Doug Gauss

February 9, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I love to ride the bus! I get to drink my morning coffee, catch up on the news through my BlackBerry and watch everybody wake up on the way in. A great way to start my day.



February 9, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Oh, bus #16, how I love you! You give me just about door-to-door service from my home in St Johns to my office downtown everyday, Monday through Friday. You're filled with warm, friendly and familiar faces. You seem to pick the sweetest drivers, who are kind, patient and generally quite pleasant. You’ve introduced me to some of my favorite people in my neighborhood, just by being yourself. I was even able to end the oppressive relationship with our second car, because you've been so good to me. We've been through an accident, an engine fire and far too many train delays, and I still believe you are by far the best way to get from SJ to downtown. My only request? A little more commitment from you. I’d love to start seeing you on the weekends…



February 9, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I live near the 19 Woodstock bus, but I usually take the 10 downtown and back because it gets over to the east side faster than the 19.



February 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM

I generally commute to work by bike because it's quicker, but I walk when I have the time. I see so much more of the world when I go slow enough to notice the details.


terry brenneman

February 9, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Bicycling, in addition to the cardiovascular benefits, gives me the freedom to travel by my own schedule even more than my next favorite means, the bus/walk.



February 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I love Max. I settle in my usual seat each morning and catch up on a favorite book. On a beautiful spring morning I get off at Goose Hollow and walk to work near the US Bank Tower. Max has given me the opportunity to fall in love with Portland.



February 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

My current favorite is the streetcar. Going from downtown to the Pearl District is so easy - no need to circle forever in futile attempts to find a parking place, and the stops are so convenient to everything!



February 9, 2010 at 1:06 PM

In 6 years and 4 months commuting by bus to downtown from Ridgefield Washington I have logged about 85,000 miles on the bus. Thats a little over 3 times around the world. Thank goodness for crossword puzzles. I still enjoy not having to deal with the traffic on I-5.



February 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM

walking is sweetest because i work inside all day
and i love the air and looking at the river when i cross the bridge and it's only a 25 minute walk, which is a perfect amount of exercise first thing in the morning and it helps me think about how i want to approach the day and what concerns and ideas are bubbling around inside and i feel like i know the city better because i see & hear & feel it on the ground instead of whooshing by.



February 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Walking is the best mode of transportation in my book. It is good for the heart, the muscles, and the mind. When the location is too far for walking, I try to choose other green options.



February 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM

The 51 is my number one sweetheart because it stops just outside my front door near Vista to carry me into the city. If I could change two things about my beloved 51, I would request: 1) it stayed up later to whisk me back home from the city, and 2) it visited me on Saturday. :)



February 9, 2010 at 1:11 PM

I love riding my clean burning 4 stroke, fuel efficient 85 MPG scooter to work, rain or shine. Being outdoors keeps me in touch with nature and provides a couple of brief, but spectacular, views across the river from the west side. On the rare occasion that the weather doesn't cooperate, I take the trusty old bus, safe and warm.


Susan Drake

February 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Years ago my boyfriend and I volunteered for a ten week medical study involving sleep, light and melatonin levels in exchange for $375. The study consumed an entire evening once per week, required giving blood every 1/2 hour and involved eating hospital food for dinner. The boyfriend and the Specialized Hard Rock are both long gone, but my love for bike commuting endures...


Dawn Hottenroth

February 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Max is my baby - without it my commute would be about 15 minutes longer and i would have trouble getting home after late night theatre ushering duties. I actually picked my current home because it is within 6 blocks of the westside Max line.



February 9, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Definitely walking. This time of year you can be walking down the sidewalk and a daphne will reach out with its scent and stop you in your tracks.



February 9, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Love make the wheels go round on my bike. We're coming out of winter hibernation and reaching out to trysting with my summer love (actually spring, summer, fall), bicycle commuting. We, my bike and I, cycle past tranquil Lake Oswego, up through serene Tryon Creek Park, spin past the twin bridges on Barbur with the lofty views of the mighty Willamette.

On the way home we give Sam Adams a wave as we pass City Hall, down to the lovers entwined at the bowl in Waterfront Park, across Riverplace, past OHSU's CFH&H for some wellness and up to Macadam, in traffic, until we climb into the verdant hills and mansions of Dunthorpe.

Then a quick glide back to home in Lake Oswego nestled deep in its glacial bowl.


Meghan Humphreys

February 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Cycling to work every day that I possibly can is my one true commuting love. Not to say that I don't have dalliances with other forms of transportation, but riding a bike is what I always come home to. What could possibly compare to the heart-pounding experience of propelling yourself down a quiet neighborhood street, basking in the last minutes of sunset, knowing your exercise for the day is almost done?



February 9, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I love driving the carpool with my co-worker and we can even continue our conversation regarding to our work when we did not have time to finish in the office.


Dana Khan

February 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Myself, my wife and a fellow co-cower carpool daily from Troutdale to the Nato & Davis Smart Park. We then hop on max blue or red line from Old Town/Chinatown to take the train (free zone) three stops to SW Morrison and 3rd. Then we walk the 3 blocks to work. This has worked out very sweet for us. When it’s not raining, like today, we walk the mile from the smart park to our offices. Each day we use three modes of transportation not only for our benefit but for the environment as well. Carpooling, Max and walking. Can't get any better than that!



February 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Walking in the morning, and seeing all the daffodils and crocuses (croci?) popping up, cheers me up enough to walk into work happy. And walking home at night helps me let go of any stress from the day.



February 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I'm a fair-weather bicycle commuter and so looking forward to resuming my downhill cruise into work, which is followed, of course, by the much-needed afternoon climb. But this winter, I've loved my Monday and Tuesday carpools with my husband and 11-year-old daughter. Whether we practice spelling words or sing pop music really loud, it's all about revving ourselves up for a good day.



February 9, 2010 at 1:30 PM

My bike is my commuting sweetheart, though she could use a little extra TLC--what a great idea for Valentine's Day!

She is so reliable, thrifty, and is there to help me stay in shape. A true friend indeed!



February 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM

We enjoy carpooling every weekday. We have the freedom of staying late, or leaving early, stopping to do errands on the way home. We also enjoy the friendships that have developed since we started carpooling a year ago.



February 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM

My bicycle Alice and I love the ride in to work in the mornings. We make our way through leafy Laurelhurst and usually make a quick early-morning stop at Voodoo Doughnuts before finding our way to the Steel Bridge and downtown.

The best part of the ride home is that we never know which way we're going to go so it's always a surprise for both of us. We've discovered neighborhoods and alleyways and artistic gardens we would never have seen otherwise. We have special routes for flower buds in the spring and the turning leaves in the fall.

Living in Portland means never having to drive a car!



February 9, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I like to run and MAX. Running to the Zoo or to the transit center and then getting on a MAX for a relaxing ride for the rest of the trip. Exercise and relaxation in one fell swoop. Can't beat that!



February 9, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I take the MAX that's Red or Green
I take the MAX that's Gresham Blue
I love each and every line
No matter the shade or hue.



February 9, 2010 at 1:37 PM

My favorite commute by far is by bicycle. I ride the Springwater trail and riding along the river is a great way to start the day. However, I don't always have the time and I am definitely a fair weather bicyclist so my alternate form of transportation is the bus.


Dawn J

February 9, 2010 at 1:37 PM

MAX blue line is my knight in shining armor. Each morning and evening, I experience the anticipation of seeing his bright eye coming down the tracks to sweep me off the platform and safely carry me to my destination. No hassle with traffic. No costly parking fees. I can just sit back and enjoy the ride.



February 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM

My express bus (limited stops) cannot be beat- with friendly and familiar faces every morning and a 30 minute commute with my favorite book is truly missed on the weekend!


Anonymous User

February 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I have thoroughly come to enjoy walking my errands when ever I have the opportunity. Walking makes it easy to be a window shopper.



February 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I ride Tri-met 94 bus. In the ride into work I think about how my day will play out. On the way home I read Dr. Rotella's book "Golf is not a game of Perfect", how to improve my golf game and daydreaming of sinking a 30 footer at The Masters.



February 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM

The bus is the best, being on the commuter I have made some lifelong friends. We even get together for bus buddie activities. Couldnt get to Portland without this important service.


Judy Jigarjian

February 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM

The TriMet bus is my favorite because it's so accessible for me.
It's practically door-to-door from home to office.
Drivers are helpful and friendly. Plus, it's a chance to get to know the "regulars" commuting with me from the same bus stops.



February 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM

i love to ride my bike each day. it's pedals are squeeky and the brakes are worn. we both love chocolate and riding in the rain!


Leanna Smith

February 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I have been using transit to come downtown to work each day for . . . well, it will be 20 years on Friday! I have made some good friends and gotten a lot of reading done over the years . . . not to mention some needlework. I love riding transit!



February 9, 2010 at 1:53 PM

My true love is one I rarely get to spend time with these days (having 2 small kids and a job and stuff). It is: walking home from work. I work in the FOX tower and live in NE (near Alberta) and before I had kids, I would often walk home... wind in my hair, occasional sun on my shoulders, sometimes an audio book for company. Through the downtown and the Pearl, over the Broadway Bridge (I love the bridges of portland so much!), along east Broadway carefully crossing the I-5 entrance ramp, then winding through inner NE neighborhood streets, always finding something new to see -- a cool new house color, a garden in bloom, intriguing graffiti... God, i miss having the luxury to spend an hour at the end of my workday walking home. Someday when my kids (age 2 and 4) are older, maybe they can share a walk like this with me.


Nancy Hall

February 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM

My commute has gone to the dark side and is no longer sweet. I've been abandoned.
My beloved bus 10 no longer traverses from downtown to NE; my alternate 33 no longer journeys downtown. I squeeze on the max line with the rest of the hordes, or 12 -- trickle off at Hollywood where I find myself waiting often 20-30 minutes for our transfer bus the 75 and when it arrives we crowd in, occupy every seat, stand in the isles, block the drivers view and become closer than the closest friends bonding in our frustration. I had thought public transportation was more reliable than a lover...supporting me forever with opportunities to read or knit but now I find the romance has left us and I find myself dreaming fast cars and downtown parking lots.


Dabney Tompkins

February 9, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I like riding my bike, even when it is raining. It's faster than driving and trying to find a parking space, it is free to park it downtown and it doesn't cost anything to operate. I got rid of my car and now figure I'm saving $20,000 per year in car payments, gasoline, repairs/maintenance, parking and insurance.



February 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM

My one true love and the sweetheart in my life is the streetcar. It takes me downtown, to doctor's appointment, grocery shopping, and so many other places. Oh, what would I do without you, my beloved streetcar??!!



February 9, 2010 at 2:23 PM

With my annual pass from work I'm able to get all over Mult. and Clack. counties when ever I need to, even the weekends!


Kathy Saunders

February 9, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I love riding my bike to work and seeing the beautiful sky as the sun comes up. The colors are spectaculator, the air is fresh and life is good. Biking is the best!!!!


Stacey S. Williams

February 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM

My true commute LOVE is my bike. I just got a cool sticker that says: Cycling is sexy, and indeed it is. Put the fun between your legs!

I don't know what I'd do without my morning commute. It wakes me up and I arrive at work refreshed and energized. And there are special benefits to each season:

Summer -- LOVE wearing skirts and dresses and feeling the wind on my legs, love being out in Portland's mild sunny weather, and I love not having two full panniers full of rain gear with me!

Fall -- love seeing the change in the seasons, biking through swirling crisp fall leaves in red, yellow, and brown, feeling the cool air on my face and smelling it's scent

Winter -- it may be gray and rainy and cold and wet, but my 30 minute ride to and from work may be the only time I spend outside on these gray days and makes me appreciate it so much more. I love riding on the Eastbank Esplanade at night and seeing the rain hit the Willamette River as it reflects the night lights of the city.

Spring -- being outside a lot allows me to notice the very first signs of Spring: buds, shoots, flowers. I LOVE the never ending kaleidoscope of colorful blooms as Portland's comes alive again.



February 9, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I get to do a sweet bike slalom down SE Taylor on my way into town. Onlookers gawk with lust every time.



February 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I love to board bus 54 or 56 with book in hand. For the next 20 to 30 minutes, I am transported to parts unknown. This week, I find myself journeying through Burma in the 1880's. Two weeks ago found me in Afghanistan. Next week remains a mystery.


Zdenek Vymazal

February 9, 2010 at 2:56 PM

I like to ride my bike every day. The best days are mornings with almost no traffic, peace and if I have a lot of time to get to bus stop, also knowing I has saved some money and did something good for my body and do not have go to gym (saving money again).
On the way back after work my wife is waiting for me on her bicycle and we bike togheter last 3 miles back home. This is actually best part of my commuting daily trip.


Pat Steed

February 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM

I love taking Max home. I catch the Yellow a block from my office. The ride gives me a chance to read or day dream and relax at the end of the day. The transfer to the 75 is usualy smooth and I get off 3 blocks from home, or, in good weather I get off early and get some exercise in by walking longer.


Cynthia Brown

February 9, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I walk to work, from Laurelhurst down to the PSU campus, and take the bus home. Early in the morning walking gives me a chance to get in some exercise while planning my day, rehearsing a talk, or listening to the radio or a podcast. The fresh air and varied sights of the city get me in the mood for a productive day.

At the end of the day I'm tired and getting on the bus, putting on my headphones, and sitting back is just what the doctor ordered. I love not having to fight traffic. If I happen to nod off, it's fine, and I can talk on my cell phone if I feel like it (quietly, of course). Sometimes I run into a friend and we have a conversation; sometimes I meet a stranger and strike up a conversation. I get home relaxed and unstressed, and it actually doesn't take much longer than driving.



February 9, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I take the bus to and from work. It's a short bus ride, but long enough to read another chapter in my book. It gives me time to relax before I start work or wind down on my way home without having to worry about traffic, parking or weather.



February 9, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I have the best walk to and from work. I pass all the downtown parks and fountains on SW 2nd and 3rd.
Every season is a visual delight.



February 9, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I prefer the Max. I like to watch my podcasts while riding. It gives me time to catch up some things and is a safe way to get to work.


Rob R

February 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

My sweetest commutes of the year are 35 degrees and raining. I close my eyes into a narrow squint and the sleet drills my rapidly numbing face. Through vision blurred by grit and diesel fumes I can almost see the cobbled hills of Flanders rise up before me. As I slip into mild hypothermia... a solitary rider pulls up along side me. Fausto Coppi's ghost come to urge me on. "Just a few more miles... A few more miles and the victory is yours"



February 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I enjoy taking the Max to and from work. The ride is relaxing, specially reading my book and listening to tunes through my headset. Occasionally I glance at the freeway and feel sorry for the folks caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic.


James Hall

February 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM

My favorite commute is on my bike coming into work. At 5:30 am the streets are quiet and peaceful and I usually have them relatively to myself (at least most of the way in). It is a very relaxing way to start my day. The commute home in the suprise snow in December was the most fun i've had on a bike in a long time though. It is a toss up but the bike is always my favorite.



February 9, 2010 at 4:09 PM

I love meeting my husband when he's done teaching on Fridays and riding the yellow line Max to Denver and walking the rest of the way home. The new cars are so quiet and smooth and after a week in a cube, the fresh air on the longer walk home is wonderful.



February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I LOVE leaving the driving to the professionals so I don't start my day all stressed out. Then the walk I get to take in the morning from the stop to the office is perfect for getting energized for the day.


Sarah Jurgensen

February 9, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Reading on the MAX at night, warm and sheltered from the wind and rain. MAX offers light and comfort in my nighttime commutes home.



February 9, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Wow, that MAX sure has a lot of sweethearts! I am a one ride gal, and I have my bike. We tool it thru the Ladd's Addition together in the early morning, and late at night...the East Esplanade makes our work commute just dreamy. When we are feeling wild, we put on the Nutria bike seat cover (no acutal nutrias were harmed in the making of this bike seat cover) and panniers... fill them up with groceries & make dinner for our friends!



February 9, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I love the convenience of parking at the Barbur Transit Center, hopping on the 94 Express, and being downtown in no time!



February 9, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I'm a single mother of three. After I get my kids off to school, I catch Trimet's bus #15 just around the corner from my home. I settle in with a good book and enjoy the bliss: no phone calls, media, kids or pets to tend to...until the end of my commute and the start of my work day in downtown Portland.


J Holden

February 9, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Sweetheart way to work is on human powered two wheels. Hail to fenders and disk brakes, got to love them, as well as the fresh air and getting the HR going.
over 5 years now.


Sam Lowry

February 9, 2010 at 8:08 PM

My sweetheart is the new east-side streetcar line ... a bit of a pain in the a** right now, but then maybe helping persuade a few drivers to leave their cars at home, and creating great ANTICIPATION as the tracks start going in: how will it change this old and somewhat godforsaken highway? Oh my!



February 9, 2010 at 9:08 PM

My trusty red schwinn... rain or shine, windy or calm, warm or freezing my buns off for exactly 7 and 1/2 minutes of frenetic pedaling...I never, ever, regret that I rode. I may complain beforehand, consider taking the bus, weigh the pros and cons, but I know in my heart, it's always worth it.


E. Lee

February 9, 2010 at 9:53 PM

My sweetest way to commute to work is on the bus. I get a few moments to enjoy the fresh air of outside and see Mt Hood if the clouds are gone and a little walk to get my circulation going for the day. My bus drivers have been great and friendly and they get me in a good mood to start my day.


Marlena Wray

February 10, 2010 at 6:43 AM

I always ride the MAX from Gateway to the heart of downtown

  • I love it now that I have an extra choice of trains now that the green line is running.

Riding the train affords me to relax, read and it saves a ton of money on parking and gas.


Jim at Multnomah County

February 10, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Reading a book (usually non-fiction) every few weeks on a relatively short (15 min) MAX ride is the reason I love my light rail commute.


Katie K

February 10, 2010 at 7:49 AM

My boyfriend and I ride to work together on his motorcycle: carpooling at its finest (and at 65 mpg)! It also means I don't have to pretend to be social before I'm completely awake in the morning...



February 10, 2010 at 7:53 AM

Our sweetheart way is riding bikes. My daughter and I ride our bikes to and from her school each day, even in the pouring rain. Her school is 1.1 miles each way and she is only 4.5 years old. We love it because it teaches her how exercise is healthy and she can experience nature directly.


Curtis Partridge

February 10, 2010 at 7:57 AM

I like riding my bike to and from work and for that matter anywhere I need to go. Rain or shine. Day or night. Clear of foggy. Heck, I don't even have a car. Recently I bought a cargo trailer for grocery shopping and hauling my LP tanks for refills. Biking is a great way to get exercise and its easy on the wallet.



February 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM

I commute by bike very early morning. I love the feeling that it's just me, my bike and the open road. Anything seems possible then.


Nancy Birch

February 10, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Sweet ride? Got to be the 92 Express to Beaverton! I use the Park N Ride by Progress, ride in to Portland - last stop before it turns express, and the first stop in Portland is where I disembark - and I am 2 minutes from work. Since it's an express, many commuters have become bus-buddies and chat all the way in. We look out for each other, and notice if someone hasn't been on for a while - just like a mobile neighborhood! The afternoons are the best! Warm sunshine, a view of the river and the mountains, and then a swift trip back to my car at the Park N Ride (located just 5 minutes from my house!) This has got to be the sweetest commute around.



February 10, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I love to knit on the bus (assuming I get a seat!)and have read lots of books that I wouldn't otherwise have time for.



February 10, 2010 at 9:43 AM

My true sweatheart mode to commute iis on my bike. I like it most because it is faster than a car or a bus and I get to hear the birds sing.



February 10, 2010 at 9:49 AM

After a long hard day’s work, there is no greater satisfaction than coming home on Tri-met bus. A friendly smile usually greets you as you board the sweet tank of love on wheels. The charming aroma of sweat and leftover meatloaf arouse your senses while you take your seat. Once riding along the constant jerking movements of the driving slamming on the brake and then the gas pedal and back to the brake are like a massage that relaxes you as you ride into the sunset.



February 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Greeting the day by riding my bike down the ramp from the Rose Quarter area to the Eastside Esplanade is the sweetest thing ever. However, I would NEVER feel the wind in my hair as I always wear a helmet. I can't believe that was even suggested!


Kathy Howell

February 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM

The #9 bus commute to downtown is my only chance to read for pleasure. It is the sweet awakening in the morning before I have to face work and the cooling down after a hard day at work before I return home. Otherwise, walking and being able to enjoy the small noises and sights of the neighborhoods is so refreshing and excellant for my health.



February 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM

i wish i could say commuting by bike, but the ride into downtown from St. Johns is not as sweet as it could be (and hopefully will be someday). so for now, the best days are when i get to take the bus and catch up my reading, or just zone - something that is rare when you're a mom to a toddler.



February 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM

I starting taking the train into the city just this past year. In a technology age that presses us on every side, I've found the beauty of rest again. Time to explore a leisure read...something I hadn't done in years.



February 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Nothing can beat human-powered (and human-scaled) walking and biking ... at least for the first few miles of my commute. I do appreciate getting a lift on the 96 for the long trip down I-5.


Roxanne Tenscher

February 10, 2010 at 2:13 PM

My husband and I have a 20 mile by car and 16 mile by bike commute each day to and from work. We both commute by bike when possible but both are not crazy about riding that far in the rain. Our commute car is a Honda Insight (60 mpg) so our goal is to only drive that one car between us. This requires us to either line up our schedules and car pool or do our drive and of us drives one way and rides the other and vs versa for the other. Now getting a bike in the back of the Insight is not always easy but we have figured a way. So since we have not gotten to a point where we can reduce our commute distance what makes me smile is that between us we only fill the gas tank twice a month and it usually is under $20.



February 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Commute through downtown Portland: Walking through the well designed, urban landscape through park blocks, past high-rises, mixed use communities, retail, office space, over street car lines, light rail, past public art and open spaces. Downtown living at its best! I love to jog to work, knowing my carbon footprint is just larger than the outline of my shoes, if only for this moment between home and work.


Alan McGuire-Dale

February 10, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I have a 42 mile RT bicycle commute from Gresham via the Springwater trail. I carry a small wisk broom to clean up the broken glass. Any time I can complete this circuit with dry pavement, no flats, no piles of broken beer bottles, no pet owners with off-leash dogs, and no near misses by cars feels like a sweet ride!


lourdes c.tancuan

February 11, 2010 at 5:58 AM

My relationship is with the 54 or 56 bus that brings me to downtown to connect to the No. 8 that brings me to work at OHSU Hospital. Working graveyard for the past year and 9 months I depend on this route to take me to work on time and all the time. Without fail it's there for me. Ever so safe, and the friendliest drivers ever. I always feel safe, and never in fear of my surroundings. What more can I ask for?


Donn Wells

February 11, 2010 at 8:09 AM

I take MAX to and from work each day. It's a great way to go- no parking costs, one less car clogging the roads, more time for R&R (reading and resting)!


Jenna Smith

February 11, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I love a combination of walking and taking the Max, especially on sunny days. I walk along the max line and look behind me to see when the Max is coming. I squeeze in some exercise and enjoy the scenery while I'm waiting for my train.


Joan Larson

February 11, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Riding Max downtown for my volunteering commitments is the best. No stressful 30 minutes on the Banfield in the FREQUENT traffic jams and I get to read a book too. I love the dependability.



February 11, 2010 at 1:08 PM

The MAX is my true sweetheart. I get to park & ride the MAX with my REAL sweetheart, my well-behaved 2-year old daughter. We read books, watch people, and speand quality time together.


Marsha Johnson

February 11, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Traveling with a carpool keeps me on time and gives me others to harass along the way to work. We laugh and make the trip memorable.



February 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

The Streetcar is my favorite mode, although I have yet to ride the one named "Desire". It stops right in front of my bldg downtown and takes me to wonderful places like the downtown Safeway, the Virginia Cafe, Finnegan's Toy Store, Jake's, the Portland Clinic and that wonderful East Coast sandwich place before turning around to come back to Portland Center. It's not real fast, but serves to satisfy the need for stopping to smell the Rose's finest downtown sights.



February 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

My Vancouver to Portland 3 co-workers' carpool is my true sweetheart commute mode. These are why in no specific order: 1) HOV lane to Vancouver saves 2+ hours per week; 2) Use 1/4 of gas so save money; 3) reduce pollution; 4) leverage very effective "management by carpool"; and 5) carpool humor!



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