Over the weekend the Oregonian ran an article about his family's decision.
Their switch was the culmination of small adjustments over the years. About 10 years ago at Metropolitan Group, where Eric is president and creative director, their sustainability committee reviewed how employees commuted and realized the company gave an incentive to drive solo by paying for parking. So to promote alternatives, the company switched to a transportation allowance for a time.So far it's working out!
Eric, who had commuted alone by car daily, decided to either walk or take the bus one day a week. Then two days a week. By 2008 he commuted every day by bike, which felt safer as more bike lanes went in along Hawthorne to downtown, and it was fun.
"It's like being a kid again," he says. "Rain or shine, hot or cold -- as long as you have rain gear, it doesn't matter."
The family's second car sat on the street until June 2009, rarely used. "We said, 'Let's do it, let's just go to one car,'" Eric says.
(Eric has more roots in Salem, as he was one of the founders of the Bistro at Willamette!)