Two SPC Clearwater instructors get into a healthy cycle

October 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

The Clearwater Campus has two cyclists who enjoy the sport so much that they have dedicated a good part of their lives to it.  Bill Hemme, Instructor of Mathematics, and Greg Byrd, Instructor of Communications, have enjoyed cycling for years and continue to be wellness leaders at the campus.

Hemme became a serious cyclist four years ago when he decided to further his journey and commit to a bigger goal. As a kid growing up, he always was fascinated by stories of long enduring adventures of 16th century sailors crossing the Atlantic Ocean. This intrigued him enough to set out on a cross-country ride, detailing each day on his personal Web blog.

In summer 2009, Hemme set out on a ride from San Francisco to St. Augustine, Fla. The trip took him over the mountains of Colorado to the plains of Kansas, and he was hosted by cyclist families along the way. He prearranged his stays through www.warmshowers.org, a website that assists touring cyclists with hospitality on the road. Everything was going great until he reached St. Louis, where cracked bearings ended his journey.

But he refused to let things end there. On May 16 of this year, Hemme set out to finish his trip of a lifetime, this time accompanied by his son, Daniel. They made it from St. Louis to St. Augustine in just 30 days.

Byrd finds exercise more tolerable when commuting to work. He commutes to the Clearwater Campus on his Raleigh 10-speed bicycle four days a week, covering the roundtrip distance of nearly eight miles. This is especially rewarding for him because his bike route navigates trails and streets, and saves 10 minutes of commute time. Not even a 14-hour work day stops Byrd.

He began commuting to the Clearwater Campus in 1990. The benefit of not driving to work was that he no longer had to deal with parking. This advantage outweighs any inconvenience of riding for him, and he also benefits by getting about 40 minutes of exercise each day riding to and from work.

His passion for commuting has even rubbed off on his daughter, Carly. They ride the Pinellas Trail and he takes her to school twice a week. Byrd believes cycling with his daughter helps nurture their relationship.

Although Hemme and Byrd are doing nothing more than following their interests, they have found great advantages to cycling, and so can you. Complete this survey so we can gauge your interest in cycling. Your response may lead to some quality cycling opportunities at SPC, such as cycling groups, events and education.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

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