Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs celebrates Bike to Work Week this week. The Steamboat Pilot & Today will profile a local bike commuter each day of the week, courtesy of Emmanuelle Vital, the city's Bike Friendly Community coordinator.
Occupation: Postal associate at the Sundance at Fish Creek post office. Woodward has lived in Steamboat for 17 years.
1. Why do you bike commute?
"I ride for fitness, and it makes me feel good, especially at the start of the day. It is easy to drive the car, but with the cost of gas and parking, why not ride?"
2. How do you prepare for your bike commute?
"My decisions are weather-driven. I carry a backpack, lunch, fleece and, of course, a helmet. I also have my uniform with me."
3. What route(s) do you choose for your bike commute?
"It depends how much time I have on which route I take. I can ride down U.S. 40 to Sundance Plaza - the quickest, or I can enjoy the Yampa Core Trail if I have more time. As an aside, the Core Trail is one of the best amenities in Steamboat."
4. Does your business promote bike commuting?
"Yes, definitely. When Lance Armstrong was riding for the U.S. Postal Team, the Postal Service asked the different branches to submit the names of those workers who rode bikes to work. All the names were put into a hat and pulled out. I received a pin from them, being a Ride to Work with Lance participant. That was really great. Also, the Post Office has a secured place to stow the bike during working hours."
5. Do you have any tips on making the bike commute a good experience?
"Always wear a helmet. For those who have never tried commuting to work, I would suggest buy a bike, either new or used, and give it a try. You will be charged for the day and it is so easy to do. It is fun to figure out routes. With what is going on in Steamboat today - gridlock to try to get across town - why not ride, get off on the side street and enjoy."