EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of National Bike To Work Week on May 16-20, we will be running a series of features of bike commuters who work at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Southcentral Foundation and Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka. Thank you to Laura Kotelman of Southcentral Foundation for supplying the four Anchorage profiles and SEARHC for the Sitka profile (note, all profiles appeared previously in newsletters for the various organizations).
By Janice Swier
Southcentral Foundation (SCF) Executive and Tribal Services Administrator Dave Singyke has participated in Bike to Work since 2007. Bicycle commuting is more than a one-day event for Singyke; in summer, he bikes the 24-mile round trip to work three or four times a week.
Biking over 90 miles a week is no small feat, but for Singyke it is a preferred form of exercise.
Singyke stated, “It’s more fun to accomplish more than one thing with a workout.”
Singyke likes being able to blend his daily exercise with commuting.
Singyke’s proudest bike ride was from his house to Crooked Lake — an 80-mile ride.
“I love riding my bike,” Singyke said happily.
Singyke is already excited about the upcoming Bike to Work Day, May 20, and thinks that everyone should try biking at least once.
“Biking is a lot easier than most people think…[and] it’s a blast,” said Singyke.