Is there another way to get to work?
I was thoroughly envious when I was researching and writing Sunday’s article about two Rockland guys who get to their jobs by kayak.
It must be a great way to commute. Unfortunately, there’s no large body of water between my New Rochelle home and the Harrison headquarters of The Journal News.
But it has me wondering: Are there any other unusual commutes out there?
Not many, to be sure. More than 98 percent of commuters get to work either by car (alone or in a carpool), on mass transit or by walking. From what we see around here, bicycle commuting likely takes up a good deal of the thin remaining sliver of the commuting pie.
Still, I’m interested. If you have a unique way of getting to work, or know someone who does, let me know. And, yes, I know that by merely asking this I’m opening myself up to any number of sarcastic comments. I’m not even sure what other possible means could be out there. Zip-lining? Catapult?
Whatever. I’ll risk it.
You’ll notice from the article, that to commute by kayak it’s not absolutely necessary to live and work right by the water. One of the two men in the article drives to a nearby marina. The other takes an 8-mile bike trip to landlocked White Plains after paddling his kayak to Tarrytown.
That’s dedication. But commuting is a big concern around here. Consider this comment, made by a reader in response to my article on the kayak commuters:
For the .0001% of commuters who can logistically and physically manage this sort of thing, great. But how about the powers-that-be thinking about providing more mass transit alternatives for those of us who don’t work within walking distance of a marina or have a shower available at their workplace?
Meanwhile, if you drive to work alone and are looking for other ways to get to the office, the organization MetroPool helps with arranging car pools and finding other commuting methods.