I know its been a long time since I last posted. I really need to get better about that. Anyway, I just recently moved from Brandon, Fl to Harbour Island in Tampa. I grew up in Brandon since 1995 and towards the end I began to really dislike the idea of continuing to live in Brandon. So as of March Kristen, and I decided to move closer to Downtown Tampa. Now with our current apartment she is able to bike to work at Tampa General Hospital (which is right next door) and I am able to bike to Marion Transit Center and take a bus to work and vice versa on the way home. To be honest I almost forget where I parked my car due to this fact lol. This experience has also allowed us to discover an activity that we both enjoy and is good for our overall health as well as the community that we know call home.
Kristen bought a Jamis Explorer 2 Step Through that allows her to be comfortable and mobile without needing her car. This is the first “real” bike she has ever owned and she is loving it. I say “real” because its a reputable brand purchased from a local bike store, not some third rate POS from a large container store. I chose the Jamis Exile Sport. I used to own a Giant Boulder SE, but it had been sitting in my parents garage for a few years and I had gained a considerable amount of weight since it went into storage. So I decided to go with a much meatier bike and I can tell you that this bike is AMAZING! I cannot wait to get into better shape and head out on the trails again. BTW if you are an off road bike enthusiast, you HAVE to come to Florida and try our trails; we may not have mountains, but we certainly make up for our “short” comings. Anyway, now with our bikes we have discovered a new found hobby that allows us to get out and explore our new home. Not only have these bikes allowed us some added mobility and a healthy activity, mine has personally netted me a gift card from work just for riding my bike to work!
Tampa also is getting much more bike friendly than it was in the past. Just recently Secretary of Transportation Ray La Hood held a bike summit right here in Tampa! We were only one of two cities chosen for such a summit. In the fall Tampa will also be getting its very own BikeShare. There is also work being down to build Tampa’s Green Artery which will connect Tampa in ways that cars cannot. All of this coupled with the work that Connect TampaBay is doing to bring a 21st century transit system to Tampa is all very exciting.
I was lucky enough to be the voice of HART’s Ride HART Be Smart passenger education campaign. For more information on how YOU can help keep a bus on schedule check out my post “How Efficient Can a Bus Route Be”
I know its been nearly three months since my last posting, but things at HART have become rather hectic. We have been short operators for quite some time and that means that other operators have to come in and fill in. This is only the second week where I haven’t had to work 6/7 days. So now that I have the time its time to start blogging again!
Over the past year and a half that I have been an operator for HART I have learned quite about the transit world. One that I find most interesting is the happy marriage of Twitter and Transit. Many agencies, passengers, and transit advocates have found the speed and portability of Twitter to be invaluable. The speed at which information can be shared these days is phenomenal and Twitter makes it much easier, more portable, and simplified (with a 140 character limit). Ideas a shared by simply posting a link to a story, blog, or video. Continue reading →
While almost all of my posts are centered around Mass Transit, I decided that this important issue should take center stage. For the last 25 years October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a very important and personal month for me for two reasons. The lesser reason is my birthday is October 21st :-p. The biggest reason is that my mom is a two time breast cancer survivor. For those of you who may not know what that means, it means she has battled and beaten breast cancer twice. One of the biggest things that women can do to detect breast cancer is have regular check-ups, but in between those check-ups self examination is the second best way to detect breast cancer. Early detection is the best way to defeat this horrible disease. If it hadn’t been for my mom’s regular check-ups she may never have noticed she had cancer until it was too late.
So this month not only should you wear pink at some point to show support, but get checked out (by a doctor lol). If you don’t want to spend the money to see a doctor for a checkup you can still do a self exam at home, and please PLEASE see a doctor if you do feel something, don’t write it off as nothing.
Thank you for stopping by, I sincerely hope that you can take away something that benefits you in someway. Whether its learning how to ride a bus, discovering the importance and need for Mass Transit in our country, or you come across a story that really wakes you up. Please feel free to share whatever you find on here with your friends, family and coworkers. I write this blog to help educate people on the importance of Mass Transit and to help spread stories that you may not otherwise find. If you are a transit nerd like myself, please subscribe and share your thoughts and stories with me. If you know of a story that you think I should write about and share, by all means tell me. Outside of this blog you should follow me on Twitter as well. Lets exchange ideas and together we all can make a difference in Transit. If you are in Tampa you should definitely come join my on my route one day!