Bike to Work Day 09: Microsoft Campus


by Byron on May 15, 2009 at 2:08 PM

E-bike to work For Bike to Work Day 09, we rode over to the Microsoft Campus and met commuters along the way. The first stop was at the West Seattle Station were Aaron was unoffcially mixing up power drinks.

On the Eastside, we met up with Sam Lester an Microsoft employee in the SQL Server group. We rode with him to the campus and had breakfast at their reception. Then we checked out bikes at another reception and toured the on-campus bike shop.

We were impressed by the turnout and met Microsoft cyclists like the jokester in the photo above and the proud owner of a Silvio Cruz below.

Silvio Cruz

I’d not seen a Cruzbike before. It’s a front-drive recumbent. It looks like someone chopped up a bike: put the front on the back, the back on the front, and then bent it with a seat. Crazy and gadgeted out by the owner.

Also saw the skins of a shirts and skins bike to work team. He was funny, just likes to ride with no shirt.

More photos here and we’ll upload video shortly.

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I commute on my Raptobike FWD recumbent - as well.  I stopped at the Kirkland Marina Park commute post today which was manned by Kirkland Bike Shop employees.  They were giving out patch kits along with the standard schwag. 

It was really nice to see the support for cycle commuters.

Thanks for the comment Duncan. Bike to work gets bigger every year and we were really impressed by the turnout at MS also the positive vibe out on the roads.

I used to commute to building 6 by mountain bike, a Specialized StumpJumper, across the empty field that is now buildings 8, 9, and 10.  This was 1987.  I don’t recall if they even had showers back then.  Bike to work day would have entailed me and two or three other folks back then…  It’s good to see the bicycling community growing larger every year.

I’ll be driving the 233 through campus next shakeup so I’ll get to see more of people cycling on campus.  Looking forward to it… 

Very cool.  I assume this bus was purpose built for the 520 commute.

I’ve often daydreamed about a Metro/ST route that would utilize a bus like this.  I’d love to drive the 545 and pick up cyclists only along that route - especially on a sunny day.  That desire probably comes from memories of waiting for an empty bike rack on 520 in the “good old days”.