Terri and Brenda from Mascoma Savings Bank have been carpooling for the last 3 years – motivated by the ever increasing gas prices and a 50+ mile roundtrip commute from Sunapee to White River Junction. Originally there were two of them who both lived in Sunapee and worked at Mascoma Savings Bank. As winter approached, Terri and her colleague had another employee ask to join their carpool. The three of them commuted through the winter. Terri and Brenda continue to carpool, and it has worked out very well for the both of them. “We carpool about 90% of the time,” Terri says, “and it has worked out well. In addition to saving money on gas & wear and tear on our vehicles – we enjoy having company on the commute and it makes the time go by more quickly”.
Hugh rides his bike to work three to four times a week. He catches a ride to the Norwich Park & Ride from his home in Thetford and rides his bike in to his office year round. That’s right. All year round. During the snowy season, he puts “snow tires” on his bike. The tires are knobby mountain bike tires with studs. Hugh knows there are other year round riders out there too; he sees their tracks.
Most important to biking to work, any time of year, is to make yourself visible to drivers. Hugh recommends a bright headlight in the front, and a flashing red light in the back. Reflective jackets are essential too. Hugh even got a helmet liner; it is not only bright orange, but it keeps the cold air out of those holes in the helmet. For Hugh, the benefits of riding his bike to work include “not putting more CO2 in the air.” And he describes himself as some one who needs to move, and riding his bike the 6 1/2 miles each way provides him with exercise for his body and spirit!
Kristi Veverka, Hypertherm employee, committed to try taking the Connecticut River Transit bus to work last summer. Although she was “really feeling out of my comfort zone” on the first day — she got lots of help and advice from other bus riders. Since then Kristi has striving to ride the bus 5 times a week. Kristi says, “I find riding the bus so relaxing. I am taking a class right now and have lots of reading to do so the bus gives me a perfect opportunity to get a couple of hours of reading in each day. I would have a hard time doing that otherwise. Also, I purchased an i-Pad and it is awesome on the bus. I have 3G coverage almost the entire ride. The money I save on riding the bus more than pays the monthly cost to have the i-Pad.”
Hypertherm pays for 50% of Kristi’s bus fare. Kristi still needs to drive 5 miles each way to the Park & Ride at exit 8, but she saves driving the 38 miles every time she takes the bus in to work. Other Hypertherm associates also ride the bus, Tony Bertone, Barbara Churchill, Scott Hagland and Jeff Page, and there is room for more.