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How We Roll

How We Roll: Operator David Dieken

| Saturday, January 7, 2023 2:11:00 PM

How We Roll celebrates Metro Transit employees who regularly ride transit and other forms of sustainable transportation. Read more How We Roll Q&As here

How do you get to work? 

A couple years ago, I transferred to Heywood Garage so I could get a nice bike commute along the West River Parkway. It’s just shy of ten miles as I live near Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis. I do this year-round, rain, snow, hail, or shine. Having appropriate clothing and a pretty nice bike selection helps.   

What do you enjoy most about your commute? 

I enjoy the physical activity it provides me every day. It helps keep me moving and healthy. It’s been pretty great because it’s so scenic and all on the paved bike path. And, while there’s lots of good trails and paths, I also enjoy having the option to take some off-road sections along my commute to add a little variety to the mix. 

How do you get around outside of your commute? 

My wife and I share one vehicle and use it very little. We live near a nice little shopping area off 34th Avenue and mostly walk for groceries. We have a monthly trip to a major bulk big box store – that’s typically the only time we must fill up the car.