3 bikes, 10 sets of tires
Pierce County’s Allan Hoffart rides his bike to and from work each day. Not only does Hoffart ride his bike all seasons, but this month marked his 28th year of riding his bicycle to work at Rugby’s Heart of America Medical Center.
Hoffart works as an HVAC and plumbing technician, taking care of heating and plumbing needs for the hospital, surrounding area clinics and the Haaland Home.
Hoffart started riding his bike, and has continued through every winter to and from work. Ron Biggs, Hoffart’s supervisor at the hospital, said “Hoffart is a very dedicated and frugal employee. Hoffart sticks to what he sets out to do. If I want something done, all I have to do is point to it, and he gets done.”
Hoffart said, “My ride is about eight minutes each way, and I include trips to the grocery store and the drugstore. I often find the most interesting things,” he said. “One time I found a wallet and I returned it to the owner. Many times I have picked up iron and odd things that have fallen off trucks that could give cars flat tires.
“I have a basket on the front of my bike, so I can carry these things away.”
His wife, Debbie, said, “Allan has worn out three bikes and 10 sets of tires, during those years going to and from work. He never misses a day to take that bike out and ride, either to work or he rides around the neighborhood. “
If he calculates the gasoline savings over 28 years, Hoffart has saved over $27,000. That number uses a conservative average of $1.00 per gallon. The contribution to saving on gas, tires, wear and tear on a car, car insurance, and health benefits for himself, the savings are huge.
“I wish everybody would ride a bike. It’s fun and it has been so healthy for me,” he said.
Biggs said he thought Hoffart’s early choice was more health based, noting that Allan had lost “a lot of weight” since he started biking.
“I feel good riding,” Allan said. “It reduces stress and I feel I am doing something for my community.”
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