PedNet : Newsroom : Commuter Spotlight
Where there's a will, there's a way.
Michele Baumer, a Resource Science Assistant for the Missouri Department of Conservation and mother of two school age sons, knew commuting to work was good for her health and for the environment, but she struggled with how to make it work.
Baumer lives in southwest Columbia and, at the time, her
sons both went to Christian Chapel Academy
How could she
get them to school and herself to work at a reasonable time everyday?
The solution for Baumer
was a partial commute.
"What I do is haul my bike on my car, drop off Joshua at Gentry, drive to Christian Chapel Academy
, drop Samuel off, pull my bike off my car and off I go to work," she
After having three heart attacks at the age of 14, Baumer
has always been aware that she
needed to take care of her
health, but it was the 30 pound weight gain she
experienced in graduate school last year that pushed her
into taking better care of herself.
"During Bike Walk and Wheel Week 2008 my sons and I decided that we would try bike commuting.
The experience was a positive one and from that week on, I was hooked.
Last summer Baumer
took Confident City Cycling has been commuting regularly since then.
"That class gave me the skills I needed to be able to confidently commute to work on a daily basis," she
"I highly recommend the class!"
Weather has not been a deterrent for Baumer
At first she
was not sure how much she
would ride when the weather got cold, but has found that she
can always put more clothes on and vows to ride even if it is 0 degrees outside.
"I am only not riding if it is raining hard or snowing, so I am not as good as the mailman," she
Baumer's positive commuting experiences have attracted the interest of others.
"Everywhere I go people want to talk to me about it, especially since it has gotten colder.
As an older mom of two kids, lots of parents are talking to me about how they can commute.
loves talking to Moms like herself who have to work around getting the kids to school.