As planning section manager for Pinellas County, David Walker commutes from New Port Richey to downtown Clearwater Monday through Friday. Twice a week, he drives his own car. Three times a week, he carpools. In recognition of Commuter Choices Week, on Wednesday Walker joined his boss, Brian Smith, Pinellas County planning director, in a different commute — by kayak.
"It was probably the most enjoyable commute I've had,'' said Walker, an 18-year county employee. "It was a nice change of pace.''
Walker, who described the journey as dark and peaceful, met fellow planning department workers at Dunedin Causeway at 6 a.m. "We followed the lights along the shoreline, and we used leisurely strokes,'' he said.
Smith, a weekend kayaker, has participated in Commuter Choices Week for four years in a row. Walker hopes to join him again next year.