Why I Ride: Ethan J.

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Rider Profile - Ethan J

Where do you live?

Mill Park, SE Portland

Why do you ride TriMet?

Driving across Southeast Portland is a bear and a half, made worse by the endless construction on Division that funnels more and more people onto the parking lot that is Powell Blvd. One day during the summer, sitting in my car on Powell, not moving, I said, “That’s it. I’ve had enough. I’ve got to get out of this car.” The next day I bought a bicycle. Being able to bike as far as I want to and then just toss my bike up onto a bus is such a convenient way to get around.

TriMet allows my husband and I to share one car and a bicycle and make it work, even though we live east of I-205, and it allows me to get to work relaxed and ready for the day (not to mention on time). The new smartphone app is just an added layer of convenience.

Which modes do you use?

Mostly bus, sometimes MAX, rarely Streetcar.

What are your favorite things to do while riding TriMet?

Read, listen to podcasts, people watch.

My morning commute involves an easy bus ride across the city, biking across the Hawthorne bridge, and then biking along the Waterfront, past the geese. It’s a much more relaxing way to get to work, and it’s good exercise to boot.

My insight:

This city’s transit system is one of the most comprehensive I’ve ever seen. If you live in SE, there is zero reason to attempt to navigate the parking lot down Powell Blvd across the Ross Island. Get out of your car, buy a bike if you want, and just go for it!

What do you think is the best thing about living in the Portland area?

It’s a compact, livable city with a lot going on, and it’s very easy to get around.

Is there anything you’d like to share about yourself?

My husband and I moved here from Oklahoma a little less than five years ago, and we love it here.

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Jennette Zarko

Jennette Zarko

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Communications Coordinator. I help develop and maintain TriMet's web and social media content. My family uses a combination of carpooling, Portland Streetcar, biking and riding Line 38 to get to work and school. It’s just how I like it - a little different every day! You can also occasionally catch me performing around Portland with various improv groups.

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