Glenn Hedrick tries to ride his bicycle every day to work between April and Thanksgiving.

It's a way to relieve stress, save money and enjoy the scenery. It doesn't take time away from his family, either.

"As long as I can ride to work, I don't have a bad day at work," he said.

Hedrick won York County in Commuter Services of Pennsylvania's first Bike to Work competition. The agency promotes alternatives to driving alone, such as biking, carpooling or telecommuting.

Hedrick received a package that included a water bottle and a bike lock.

"I just wish I'd see more people out there riding," he said.

Q. How did you start bicycling?

A. "I started bicycling back in high school. My 11th-grade year, a friend of mine and I . . . rode from Saginaw to Ocean City, Md.


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My senior year, there was four of us that did it.

"I started on a bicycle and never outgrew it. I just really enjoyed it."

Q. How long have you been riding to work?

A. "I've been doing this for about 12 years."

Q. How many miles do you log?

A. "It's 12 miles a day, 60 miles a week."

Q. How long does it take you to ride one way?

A. "If I'm on my road bike, it takes me about probably 17 minutes. On my mountain bike, it's a little bit closer to 20 minutes. I normally leave right around 7:30 a.m. and by 10 of 8, I'm here."

Q. What are some of the benefits of riding to work?

A. "When I get on my bicycle and ride home, especially after a big day or whatever, it just gives me time to unwind. There are a lot of times I even take a longer ride home -- take some of the back roads and see if there are any deer out in the fields and things. That time between here and home is my time.

"I feel better when I ride. . . . If you don't have your health, you really don't have anything."

Q. What are the disadvantages of riding to work?

A. "Just windy days -- when you have a 20 to 30 mph wind in your face, that's the only downfall."

Q. How much money do you save in gas a week?

A. "It's about $25 a week. That's extra money we can spend on other things we like to do. Plus I'm making a difference for the environment, for our kids."

Bio box

Name: Glenn Hedrick

Age: 46

Lives: East Manchester Township

Occupation: Hydraulic engineer with Engel Machinery

Family: Wife, Karen; three sons, 21-year-old Marcus, 19-year-old Ryan and 15-year-old Dylan

Education: 1981 Northeastern High School grad; seven years in the Coast Guard

Hobbies: Sports, including running, skiing and biking

Tips

Glenn Hedrick offers these biking tips:

  • Make sure you wear a helmet.

  • Wear protective, reflective clothing.

  • Start small. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable on the road.