Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bicycling Bus Drivers- Sounds Like A Band Name

So take a guess what this is. Obviously it's a picture of a bunch of bikes. But where at? That's the King County Metro employee parking area in western Washington.

The photographer — an unidentified Metro bus driver- had this to say:

"No, not all bus drivers hate cyclists. Some of us actually bike to work. This picture was actually taken on a fairly light day. Also, it was taken later in the afternoon after some drivers from the morning had already left. On the clearest days, the bike racks are pretty full. There are plenty of us who bike year round too."

Bike to Work Barb had sent me this picture, and expressed curiosity about how many STA drivers ride to work. I contacted STA but they said it's not something they are able to track. I know from talking to the drivers on the routes that I ride that at least a handful bicycle.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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