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Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys continue the cycle of excellence
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It’s no secret these days that the cost of gas is on the rise. Paying at the pump can really cause a commuter to burn through funds. However, several Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys have made a common practice of getting to work without paying a dime for gasoline, all while reducing their carbon footprint and getting exercise in the process.

Brett Miller, Hans Steck and Bryan Collins, among other Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys and employees, are all avid cyclists and bike upwards of two hours a day to commute to and from work. This past year, Miller, Steck, Collins and several other attorneys were featured in an article in The Indiana Lawyer about their commitment to biking to work.

“I ride an average of twice per week,” said Steck, who also serves as Chair of the firm’s Government Practice Group. “The commute distance is about 40 miles round trip.”

Indianapolis is quickly becoming a biker-friendly city. Mayor Ballard announced in May 2011 that the city would be constructing 35 miles of bike lanes, encouraging Hoosiers to exercise and travel by other means than their cars.

“I commuted to work the last couple of years 80-90 times each year,” Steck said. He bikes regularly when the weather permits and he has no work-related meetings scheduled. “I do about 50 percent of my weekend errands (during the April-October months) on a bike with a trailer hitched if it is to pick up groceries, new gear, etc.”

When riding on busy roads though, biking can be especially dangerous. “Bike lanes can be littered with trash, grit and debris,” says Miller, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner. “The other issue, and it is a big one, is the inconsiderate driver who fails to use turn signals, drives too closely to me and stops for no apparent reason, not to mention cell phone use. Wearing a helmet is always a good idea.”

Biking to work is a cheap mode of transportation and an excellent way to stay in shape. When seeking a more rigorous workout though, various competitions in the Midwest and around the nation offer a more intense experience for serious cyclists. Partner Bryan Collins has competed in the Hilly Hundred, an event put on by the Central Indiana Biking Association (CIBA) which covers 100 miles over two days.

“That’s weak compared to Hans,” says Collins, referring to Steck competing in the Ride the Rockies cycling tour, a seven day, 550 mile event. Collins commutes 23 miles round trip and biked 162 of 234 work days in 2011. “I’m off to a better start this year.”

To read the full article about Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and other Indiana attorneys biking to work , check out The Indiana Lawyer’s website here.



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