e all know that the traffic in Bend is insane, especially in the summertime. But if you're driving your car, you're part of the problem. Sure, you could bike to work, but there's always the possibility that you'll get hit by a texting driver, inching along Third Street.
There are runners who would tell you that running everywhere is the obvious choice—but showing up to a date drenched in sweat isn't going to do you any favors. Here are some alternative options.
In winter, a pair of rock skis is the clear choice. Don't bother spending a ton of money on a new fancy set up; just go to a used gear store or a ski swap and buy the cheapest skis you can. This way, you can still ski to work even when there's very little snow on the ground and you won't feel bad for beating up your gear.
In the summer, a transportation mode that will let you feel the wind running through your hair—but also won't let you get sunburned—is a cyclepub... if you can find 13 other people to cycle with you. There's also the big bike option, so you'll only need to convince seven people to go with you wherever you want to go. These biking options provide you with a bit more coverage than a regular bike might, so you won't have to worry as much about pissing off the drivers around you.
And since they're so big, you don't even have to try to stick to the bike lane!