By Heather Hintze
EUGENE, Ore. — More than 2,100 people are taking the Business Commute Challenge by finding alternate ways to get to work.
Some are taking the challenge a step further.
One Eugene man is adding a bit of whimsy to his morning commute.
While most people are biking or bussing to work this week, David Richey from the Lane Council of Governments is taking a different approach.
“I just can’t stand still. That’s about the only thing,” Richey said.
Standing is a little difficult for him because instead of walking to work, he’s using power riser spring stilts.
“To advocate the idea that using our bodies to move ourselves through the world in our daily activities is a great way to solve a number of important problems,” Richey said.
Even though each stilt weighs 14 pounds, Richey smoothly makes his way through the streets of Eugene, getting a few looks as he goes.
“It’s certainly an interesting thing. It’s uniquely Eugene I think,” said Jacob Blair, co-worker.
His co-workers were the ones to convince him spring-loaded steps were the way to go.
“When we were trying to think up interesting ways to come to work on top of our usual biking or walking commutes, someone off the top of their head remembered his stilt walking and suggested he should stilt walk to work,” Blair said.
While he’s only using the stilts to get to work one day this week, he plans on walking the rest.
“It’s just a bit of silliness to help support the idea,” Richey said. “I think it’s a great idea to raise awareness and get people involved with finding other ways that single occupancy vehicles to get to work.”
Since Saturday, commuters have saved nearly 30,000 miles and prevented 23,000 pounds of CO2 from going into the atmosphere.
For more information on the Business Commute Challenge, click here.