This week I put my muscle where my mouth is after noting that the traffic here isn't very good and that alternative forms of transport are being pushed.
I commuted without my car for 3 out of 5 days from home to Microsoft. My first alternative commute was via the bus and this took me almost an hour. The bus actually does take a reasonable route but it winds around a little as it gets nearer to Microsoft. Morning traffic also doesn't help.
The warmer weather and the extra daylight (it doesn't get dark until after 9:30 pm at the moment) inspired me to ride my bike to work for the other two days. The first trip wasn't too bad because I'd already done the trip on the weekend. It took 47 minutes and the main concern for me was having to ride on the side of the road with the traffic.
Actually I could have chosen to ride on a gravel trail away from the road for some of the trip, but it is significantly slower. I'm sure that I've been spoiled by the nice cycleways in Canberra, but it did make me nervous when big SUVs were cruising past me. The traffic was also part of the best thing about the journey, since in one long section I was cruising down the road at more than double the speed of the cars as they crawled along bumper to bumper.
I was able to shower at Microsoft and they even provide towels (fortunately they're back after being taken away a while back). There are extended use lockers that I think would be handy and make my backpack lighter, but these are in high demand so I probably won't be able to get one for a while.
Hopefully I'll stick with the cycling for at least some days of the week and this will mean one less driver for others to contend with on the crowded Seattle freeways and state routes.