Winter Scooter Commuter Blog
Yes, riding a scooter can be an "adventure":
Here is the press release:
Press Release: For Release On 11/16/2005
Subject: Minnesota Scooter Commuter Blogs Daily Fifty Mile Ride
Minnesota Scooter Commuter Blogs Daily Fifty Mile Ride
This winter, Ride to Work Day will be every day for Minnesota writer and
motorcyclist Gary Charpentier. He's scootering to and from his job every
weekday now, riding fifty miles across the snowy frigid heart of
Minneapolis and St Paul. A daily blog chronicling the adventurous
experience can be read at <http://www.ridetowork.org/blog/>
"Gary is breaking new frontiers experimenting with the logistic, thermal
and risk management challenges of commuting year-around in a
less-than-ideal weather and traffic situation," according to Andy
Goldfine of Ride to Work, a motorcycle and scooter advocacy
Insane as the project may seem, writer Gary Charpentier's life is
otherwise about as normal as anyone else's - he's a happily married
father and 40-hour-a-week research technician at a Twin Cities
engineering firm. His scooter commute route is ideal for urban mobility
research because it offers a mix of varying roads and traffic
conditions, as well as some of the most beautiful scenery the Twin
Cities has to offer.
With the recent gasoline price increases, and concerns about Peak Oil,
scooters have enjoyed a renaissance in popularity. Explaining one motive
for "The Baron in Winter" commute blog, Gary stated, "Ever since getting
out of the Marines, I've missed the challenges which were a part of
everyday life in the Corps, and I get bored easily with the same old
routines of the 9 to 5 grind." In addition to this new blog, he also
writes a regular column in Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly, and has been
published in a variety of other monthly magazines.
Combine a typical Minnesota winter, a complicated commute, a bored
Marine, and a motor scooter -- and the result is a daily blog of unusual
Lev Mirman of Bargain Jim's donated the Chinese-made Baron 150SX scooter
for this enterprise, and several other scooter and motorcycle gear
companies (Baron Scooters, Aerostich, Kenda USA, and Bob's Cycle Supply)
are providing additional products and other support.
For more information about the commute, writer Gary Charpentier, and
Ride to Work, please contact Andy Goldfine at <agoldfine@...>
<mailto:agoldfine@...> or 218 722 9806.
The Baron in Winter Blog
Bio information on Gary
A transportation motorcycling and scootering fact sheet:
Ride To Work contact persons:
Christine Holt cholt@...
<mailto:cholt@...?Subject=Ride To Work>
Andy Goldfine agoldfine@...
<mailto:agoldfine@...?Subject=Ride To Work>
That's one way to pay for your winter gear...
Den'nitlee gonna bookmark that one... :lurk
Read: "I used to roll around in the mud, snow, ice, broken glass while a drill instructor screamed at me about my momma, I miss that"
I'm convinced his balls are made of brass, and big.
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