On Friday, thousands of DMV residents celebrated Bike to Work Day by ditching their cars and opting for a greener, healthier commute. A number of our EYA team members are dedicated bike (or scooter!) commuters themselves and regularly take the trails to work. Below is a snapshot of some EYA folks living EYA's motto of life within walking distance (or biking or scootering), and why they choose these alternative commuting options.
McLean Quinn, EYA President & CEO
"I haven't driven on a daily basis since I was in high school. Most of my commuting is by bike: Counting the miles I log on my bike every day just for commuting purposes – getting the kids to and from school, getting to work – I’d say I bike about 12 miles total each day. We also walk a lot. I’ve built a habit with my family of walking to dinner, walking to the grocery store, walking to get an ice cream or a cookie for dessert. Living life within walking distance is a big family priority for us. The time I spend outside, that little bit of brisk activity, is something that I find really meaningful and enjoy, instead of sitting in a car, stuck in traffic.
And one of my favorite things about the Washington, DC area is how rich we are in park and trail networks. Many people don’t realize this, but the Washington, DC area consistently ranks as a national leader in our quantity and quality of parks and trail systems!"
Nadia Tutu, Sales Manager
"My husband and I have a car, but we choose to not use it whenever possible. I regularly scooter to work via the Metropolitan Branch Trail as it is very convenient, cost efficient and environmentally-friendly. DC's network of trails makes it very easy to get around and that is one of the things I love about the area."
Rafael Muñiz, Chief Operating Officer
"I like to exercise every day. Biking to work instead of driving helps me to fit exercise into an otherwise busy schedule at work and home. For many years, I have made a habit of running or biking to my daughter’s soccer games or back home from a family outing to be more efficient with my exercise time."
EYA specializes in creating new neighborhoods where our homebuyers have easy access to trails, transportation, employment, entertainment and recreation. We value connectedness and believe in the health, economic and environmental benefits that close-in locations and access to trails provide.
Click the links below to learn more about the benefits of living near trails, biking to work and more.
This month’s Employee Spotlight is Adam Cetron. Adam has worked with many of our homeowners helping them find and purchase their new EYA home. He has been with EYA for over 17 years and recently was awarded The National’s Silver Award for “Sales Person of the Year” at the International Builder Show in Las Vegas.
In this month’s Employee Spotlight, we are pleased to feature EYA’s Senior Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development, Aakash Thakkar. A DC native, Aakash is passionate about creating great new communities that revitalize local neighborhoods and benefit the City’s residents. He has also been very involved in the EYA Foundation and is an active participant at many EYA volunteer events.