Commuter Spotlights: Dan Thompson, Amy Beyer and Ric Urcadez, Jr.
Dan Thompson, Sunquest Senior Quality Analyst, is new to bike commuting and hopes to do it at least twice a week. “The weather in Tucson is beautiful, so it just makes sense to ride a bike. Plus you do not get stressed on a bike as you do in a car,” he said. When he noticed the Bike and Bat sculpture off the bike path on Pantano Wash, he noticed that the bike path is connected to Broadway Boulevard. “This is an easy entry and exit for my commute,” he said. The summer heat can be an obstacle, but Thompson plans on filling up his water bottle and staying hydrated. “I hope to continue bike riding and driving less,” he said.
Amy Beyer, Sunquest Regulatory Analyst, also likes to find ways around town besides driving. “I always make an effort to minimize the number of vehicles on the road. Whenever I’m going somewhere, if I can carpool or walk, I’ll do it,” she said. Beyer is currently (re)learning how to ride a bike and plans to take advantage of the 3rd Street bike route when she starts biking to work. Sometimes, she said, it can be inconvenient. “I typically carry a lot of stuff to and from work (exercise clothes, laptop, breakfast, etc.) and those can be hard to deal with on foot or on a bike.” But, she said, “I also really like the idea of reducing emissions as much as possible.”
Ricardo “Ric” Urcadez Jr., Sunquest Principle Support Specialist, started biking to work in 2007. “I bike to work for my health. [It] keeps me young,” he said. What he likes best about his 6-mile commute is that it gives him time to clear his thoughts. “It gives me a fresh start in the morning and allows me to release the stress of my daily work on my way home.” An important perk working at Sunquest, he said, is having a place for employees to shower and change clothes. In addition, Urcadez takes advantage of the Rideshare Rewards program. “Being part of the Sun Rideshare program is a great way of tracking your progress,” he said. “I actually won a $50 gift card the first few weeks I started biking to work.”