Richland Couple Commutes to Work by BikePosted: Updated:
TRI-CITIES, Wash.--"It's a little bit cool this morning," mentions cyclist Jane Sereda. A bit of wind, but otherwise it should be great. I'm ready to go."
So is Jane's 73-year-old husband and avid cyclist, George Kyriazis.
Their Thursday (May 29th) morning trek takes them from their Richland home into Kennewick where Jane works.
With the wind in their faces, Jane needs some clarification before heading out onto Jadwin Avenue.
"Are you gonna stay ahead of me"? Jane asks George.
Crossing over State Route 240, they quickly ride into town. Traffic at this time of day is somewhat light
"The route is very quiet on Jadwin Avenue this time of morning so we have very little traffic," explains Kyriazis. And now that we're on the bike path, we'll just have a great day the rest of the way."
Once off the bike path near the Richland Wye and under the overpass, they follow the roundabout up Steptoe (Street).
"Now, it's the uphill climb"? asks KNDU reporter, Joe Angelo. The burn huh? Yay, you need that for exercise," says Kyriazis.
Aside from a workout, Jane and George are riding their bikes to inspire others.
"Why did you decide to take part in the (Tri-Cities) Commute Challenge"? asks KNDU photojournalist, Mark Paris. To give incentive for other people to do the same thing," responds Kyriazis.
50 minutes after they started, the tandem puts the brakes on in Kennewick.
If you replace your car with two wheels and a helmet, George says you could develop a super sense.
"You can smell people doing their laundry or somebody cooking coffee and it's really interesting being on a bicycle," explains Kyriazis. You don't get that in an automobile."