Let us introduce Robert Gomez. Smart Tripper, Bicycle Ambassador, student. Robert is new to Smart Trips but has been bicycle commuting for a while. He loves that Smart Trips is a FREE program that promotes healthier lifestyles, offers chances to win prizes and opportunities to meet like-minded folks. And did he mention, it’s FREE? Recently, we asked him a few questions about his commuting habits and involvement with Smart Trips.
How did you get started bicycling?
I’ve ridden bikes (to commute) since high school, but when I bought a truck I stopped. After moving to Knoxville from Southern California, I now have a cyclocross bike that is perfect for my commuting needs. I have always loved cycling, and enjoy the feeling that consumes me after a long ride—pain, exhilaration, and accomplishment, plus it helps keep me healthy and keeps $$$$ in my pocket.
How did you hear about Smart Trips?
I was volunteering as a Bicycle Ambassador, a person who helps people become involved with cycling and gives them information. The Smart Trips booth was next to the Bicycling booth at an event and after talking with them, I became a fan. I signed up and started logging my trips. All I had to do was log what I was already doing, and for doing that I earned some nifty incentives.
What keeps you motivated to keep on with alternative commuting?
First off, I hate paying for gas! Second, I’m a bartender and a student, my schedule is hectic at times and this allows me to get an extra workout in between work and studies. Lastly, if I ride my bike I won’t have a beer or two after work, so it helps keep my priorities in check.
Why do you think a program like Smart Trips is important?
Allowing the community access to information about alternative commuting is important. It cuts down on traffic, helps preserve our natural resources, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and promotes a friendly environment. With my degree in Kinesiology, I understand the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle and these types of programs incentivize others to follow the same path.
To nominate someone to be profiled in our Commuter Close Up, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tell us why you think your nominee deserves to be in the spotlight. If chosen, your nominee could win a $50 gift card to the Commuter Rewards vendor of his or her choice and just for nominating you could win a $25 gift card.