Bike makes for best commute on Earth

I have the best commute in the world! There is proof, I am the bicyclist in the “Glory on Grand Avenue” photo in the April 6 paper.

What a nice surprise to open my newspaper and see such a beautiful picture and realize it is me in it. I love my commute. I love it so much I go the long way, adding a couple of extra miles.

Commuting between Marysville and Everett on a bicycle is truly a joy for me. While I hear others complaining about congestion and the price of gas, I travel on a clear shoulder under my own leg power.

I get to go slow enough to enjoy a bald eagle flying just above my head. So close, I cringe thinking I might be prey. I see deer, coyote, osprey, heron and the most beautiful sunsets over the water with Olympics on one side of me, the Cascade range on the other and Mount Baker sticking up in front of me.

Even in rain it still is a good day to ride. Having the rain on my face feels wonderful, especially after a long day working; it seems to cleanse all the worries away.

Because I am on my bike and not isolated in my car, I get to greet my neighbors while they are outside.

We live in the most beautiful place, with mountains and water all around us and great recreational and cultural opportunities. I want to do my part to keep it that way.

I commute by bike for my physical and mental health, for the environment, to reduce dependency on oil, to save a buck and to smell the cherry blossoms.

Snohomish County Bike to Work Day will be May 18. Join me and other bicyclists and discover the best commute in the world.

Kristi Knodell


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