5/22/2015 | Posted at 6:53 pm

Bike Month Challenge Week 2 Winner

Some quick updates to all those waiting with baited breath to know how the GGLO Bike Challenge is going:

  • GGLOers have clocked in a staggering 595 trips as of the latest tallying
  • Those trips total over 3,200 miles ridden as of May 1st!
  • Adding these figures up, GGLO riders have avoided the release of over 2,800 lbs of CO2 into our air.

Beth Dwyer is our winner for the Bike Month Challenge Week #2! We caught up with her and she shared some wise words with us on what it is like biking from West Seattle (spoiler: it involves baby ducklings!)

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What type of bike do you ride?
I am in the process of deciding what kind of new bike I want. I actually have a cool Schwinn cruiser but it’s really heavy to commute with. I was promised a new road bike for Mother’s Day so for right now I am using my neighbor’s Raleigh.

How many miles is your daily commute?
It depends on the route, it can range from 16 miles to 24 miles. Some days I go along Alki and under the West Seattle Bridge. Other days I might go along Fauntleroy and grab the Water Taxi. I often will do anything to avoid riding up Avalon Way hill (although I have done it nonstop twice this month!!!)

How many trips have you made on your bike this month and the distance?
I have only done 3 averaging about 22 miles each trip. This is due to work schedule.

Did you ride your bike before Bike Month this year, and will you keep it up?
Yes on occasions. I will try and keep it up through the daylight months, however I have no desire to ride next to the 18 wheelers in the dark..

What is the most interesting thing that you’ve seen riding your bike in Seattle?
I have shared space with a baby duckling, a few homeless camps, and a group of protesters. I also love the bike trip counter under the WS Bridge– I think it’s cool that I can contribute to “how many bike trips per year”.

Have you learned anything from biking to work?
I have learned to appreciate the diversity of my surroundings. I love riding along Me-Kwa-Mooks park and Alki watching the seals in the water. The smell of the beach roses along the path under the West Seattle Bridge is so heavenly. It completely counter balances the deep bass of the teenagers cars on Alki and the diesel of the 18 wheelers along Alaskan Way as they whip by me.

Have any handy tips for other riders?
Don’t forget to bring your clothes for work. It can be really awkward to attend a meeting in spandex.