My story with TART is one of progression. I used to be part of a 15 passenger vanpool at the University of Michigan. There were no comparable programs available here in Traverse City. So after moving here the end of 2000, one of the first things I did was buy a bicycle to commute to work and follow the lead of my grandfather.
I began using the Leelanau Trail as part of my daily commute to Munson Medical Center. Noting the TART signage, financial support with gas money saved was the next logical step. Believing that one should always contribute back to the organizations or communities one belongs to, I saw that opportunity as a TART Roaming Ambassador.
The events that I like to get involved with are Smart Commute Week, Tour de TART, and Recycle-a-Bicycle.The reason being that anyone can participate. From the cycling perspective you can participate with an average single speed bicycle, and no special clothing or equipment is necessary. These programs encourage people into a more active and healthy lifestyle as does the very presence of the trail system whether you walk, run, or ride.
Smart commuting also dovetails into Munson’s Wellness program. I will burn 300+ calories per day in commuting and the number increases when the bike is used for other basic transportation needs. Combining exercise into my daily commute has helped me loose and keep off 35 pounds.
Additionally, I regard staff at TART as professional, personable, and engaging which makes volunteering an enjoyable experience.