How Many State Workers Live 2 Miles From Work?

Oregon’s Gov. Ted Kulongoski rides his bike to work to set an example-

SALEM — Gov. Ted Kulongoski, known for outdoorsy pursuits, hopped on a bike Monday and pedaled the two miles from his home to the state Capitol in what he acknowledged was a largely symbolic gesture for a greener world.Then he called on thousands of state workers to follow his lead by finding alternate ways to get to work, whether by bus, carpool, foot or bicycle. That’s the best way, Kulongoski said, to reduce emissions that add to global warming and fight the nation’s dependence on foreign oil supplies.

It’s one thing to bike to work in June. It’s another to do it in November.

I did ride a bike to and from work about 20 years ago. I rode rain or shine, in snow when I was in Germany and Typhoons, when I was on Okinawa. I wasn’t worried about gas. We just couldn’t afford two cars.

I have no intention of doing it now. Nor do most of my co-workers who live much further from work than I do.

We’ll need to check on Ted come November to see if he is just a fair-weather gesturist.

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