Good luck beating this commute, Amazon HQ2 hopefuls.
While the major influx of tech workers to Seattle is often a source of blame for the city’s traffic problems, Alex David, a 23-year-old software engineer at Amazon, works hard before work to be part of the solution.
David has tried busing, biking and even walking to work. But in a new feature on the company’s official blog, his latest mode of transportation is kayak. It’s a 4-mile human-powered trip over water from the city’s Ballard neighborhood to Amazon’s South Lake Union campus.
From the Ship Canal and Lake Union, David’s unique commute has afforded him a fresh perspective on the city where he lives and works.
“It’s interesting while I’m out there to see all the work that’s being done on the water that, when I’m biking just a few blocks to the north, I just don’t know about,” David said. “Being on the water like that in a small boat, you really see that a city is so much more than just the individual. It’s about all the people that are around you, the buildings, the cars, the bikes. When I finally get to my desk, I can be like, ‘Yeah, I saw this when I was paddling. I could see my building.'”
The video showcases David’s interesting foldable kayak, which he can be seen setting up at one end of the trip and folding and carrying at the other.
Amazon says that about 55 percent of its Seattle employees get to work by riding public transit, walking, biking or using another alternative to driving.