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Business Commute Challenge: Commuting with the Kids

By Heather Hintze

EUGENE, Ore. — Finding an alternative way to get to work isn’t always easy, especially if you have young children.

Two-year old Samma and 11-month-old Ephie are taking the Business Commute Challenge, sort of.

Ephie’s mom Ellen Currier from Lane Council of Governments takes Ephie to daycare in a stroller.

“This year it’s been kind of challenging for us because I’ve always been a walker or biker and when Ephie came along it was a new challenge for us in terms of commuting and we had to be a little creative with our car usage,” Currier said.

Samma’s in her stylish sunglasses, ready to walk with her mom Laura Wilson to the Oregon Social Learning Center.

Walking to work is a little more difficult with a two-year old in tow, but Wilson says it’s important for her to leave the car at home.

“Sometimes it’s tempting to drive. Sometimes I feel like I’d rather just get in the car and go and I think about the example I want to give to my girls and to other people and I think about that and I get on my bike or I start walking. It’s just what we do,” Wilson said.

Because they’re leaving the cars at home, these busy moms have to make sure their kids are all packed up for the commute.

“We’re very low maintenance. I have my baby carrier, a wrap, and lunch,” Wilson said.

“There’s definitely more things you have to bring. You have to bring all the stuff for daycare, and you have to be more conscious about safety. You can’t just walk in the cold rain like you would if you were by yourself,” Currier said.

Friday is the final day for the Business Commute Challenge.

There will be two celebrations to wrap up the week: a breakfast at the DeFazio Bridge from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and afternoon snacks at the Springfield Riverbank Path from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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