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Is there another way to get to work?

June
21

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?

– lostinwc

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.

This entry was posted on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:46 am by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Going Places is written by transportation writers Khurram Saeed and Ken Valenti. Khurram's transportation column, "Getting There," runs Wednesdays in Rockland. Ken's column, "Going Places," runs Mondays in Westchester and Putnam. Join in the conversation and share tips on coping with fellow commuters.

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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


Ken Valenti Ken Valenti Ken Valenti covers trains, planes and automobiles - not to mention buses and ferries - for Westchester and Putnam. He's been a reporter with The Journal News and its forerunners more than 20 years and has covered all four corners of Westchester County. READ MORE


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