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Get your bike out of the garage, you’ll soon be biking around Bellevue in style! Read on to learn about the City Council nod in favor of a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway for all.

City of Bellevue Bikeway Demonstration Project Mockup

From BellevueWa.gov: During Monday night’s study session, the City Council reviewed plans and voiced strong support for a demonstration bikeway downtown. All six council members in attendance backed the project on 108th Avenue Northeast as a significant step toward making Bellevue streets safer for the growing number of people who want to ride bikes and walk in the city.

The north-south bikeway will be located between Northeast 12th and Main streets. Plans call for the project to open in May, with an evaluation period running through the end of the year. During that time, modifications to the temporary, low-cost installation may be made to make it perform better.

Project features will include bike lanes on both sides of the street, with barriers separating the lanes from vehicle traffic in some locations. Still in the design stage, the budget for the demonstration project is expected to be in the range of $300,000 to $400,000. It will be funded by the 2016 Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy.

Public outreach efforts for the bikeway project included an open house, “pop-up” street events, presentations to organizations and an online survey that generated 1,260 generally positive responses.

Developing priority bike corridors in Bellevue has been a staple in the city’s long-range planning efforts, such as the Comprehensive Plan and several pedestrian and bicycle planning documents. Read the agenda memo for more details.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 4:37 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Beginning September 2018, the Rainier Freeway Station will be closed due to East Link light rail construction on the Judkins Park Station. The following routes will be affected until operation begins in 2023:

Sound Transit: 550 and 554
King County Metro: 111, 114, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219

While these routes will continue to serve downtown Seattle, they will either bypass the Rainer Freeway Station or serve stops at different locations on Rainier Avenue. Routes that serve Rainier Avenue from the Eastside will exit I-90 at Rainier, and continue downtown via surface streets. There will be no changes to bus routing on the Eastside.

To learn about the changes to I-90 routes and to plan ahead, go here.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 2:46 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

2018: The Year of Carpool

Payments to drivers are considered reimbursements for expenses, and thus these tools do not entail ride-for hire services; reimbursements to drivers do not exceed the Internal Revenue Service per-mile limits.

Dynamic Carpool apps available in Bellevue:

iCarpool and Scoop are dynamic carpooling apps available to Bellevue and surrounding areas in 2018. These apps are working make the jump into dynamic carpooling as smooth and approachable as possible. iCarpool is an existing Pacific Northwest product attached to the functionality and perks of RideShareOnline.com. It allows riders and drivers to make a carpool arrangement for a particular trip with their match in a matter of minutes, and operates based on established pickup and dropoff locations for efficiency of travel. These locations are revealed to you upon use of the app. Note: iCarpool’s user base is still growing. Sign up to increase the critical mass of users!

Scoop is launching in Bellevue on Jan. 29. While new to the Eastside, the app has already found success in the Bay Area and Seattle. Scoop is focused on commuting and requires that you arrange your morning commute the night before and arrange your evening commute in the afternoon the day of, allowing wiggle room those with flexible schedules. Note: The app will be new, so sign up to increase the critical mass of users! The pool of users will also include employees of some Eastside employers through arrangements with Scoop.

You can find links to both apps on our Choose Your Way Bellevue Apps & Technology page, or check out the Traditional Ridematching options.

Let us know in the comments section how the programs are working for you!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer, Melissa

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 12:30 PM | by Melissa Torres | Comments Off on New Year, New Commute!

We’ve been talking about the SR 520 bridge and its trail for almost three years, but now the big day has finally come.  As of Wednesday, the walking and biking trail is now open for active transportation.

Choose Your Way Bellevue celebrated with Washington State Department of Transportation, Cascade Bicycle Club and a couple hundred area riders!  We set up our tent near the Evergreen Point Park and Ride on the east side of the bridge and gave out hot chocolate, commemorative pins, and bike lights!

 

This important connection will save plenty of time and miles for those who don’t want to go all the way south to the I-90 bridge or north around the top of Lake Washington. The 520 trail feels downright palatial with its 14-foot width (although watch out for the expansion joints, as they can be a bit bumpy on skinny tires).

For more photos from the event, check out the album on Facebook, and don’t forget that you can always follow us on Instagram too!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 21st, 2017 3:46 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

When I began working in downtown Bellevue a few months ago, I thought that commuting from Ballard two hours round trip each day by bus would be a nightmare. It turns out that by just focusing on being productive during that time, I appreciate and even enjoy my time on the bus.

What could you get done? Click for image source.

Here is a list of things that I do that make my commute feel worthwhile:

  1. Get Ahead

I find that the bus is a great place to start thinking about outlining a productive day before the stress of actually being at work kicks in. I check my email and clear my inbox on the bus so that I have one less thing on my plate at the office. I take a notebook with me, so that if I have a writing task or want to make a to-do list, I can take care of it and feel like I’m already ahead of the game.

  1. Read a Book

I love to read, but for the past few years I found myself only being able to settle into a good book when I was on vacation. Since I started commuting by bus, I’ve found that it’s the perfect way to pass the time and do an activity I enjoy. Since I have that time morning and night, I’m able to get through monstrous books that I normally wouldn’t have the patience to finish, like Crime and Punishment, which I finished last month, or War and Peace, which I’m currently working on. I don’t even have to carry the books during my commute since I read them on my phone.

  1. Listen to podcasts/TED Talks

An activity that I find really helps me pass the time without effort is listening to a favorite podcast. They can be downloaded so that you’re not using data on the commute, and before you know it you’re at your destination and have maybe even learned/heard about something cool to share with coworkers.

  1. Learn a new language

There are dozens of free language learning apps available, and commuting can provide the perfect time to activate your brain and make daily progress.  I decided to start using Duolingo to learn Spanish. I wasn’t expecting much, but after a few months using the app only on the bus, I’m now 51% fluent! I wholeheartedly believe I would not have made that progress if I had chosen to drive instead of taking the bus.

  1. Sit Back, Relax and Unwind

Sometimes, I just need to unwind after a long day, and my commute gives me the perfect opportunity to do that. I find that listening to mellow music, staring out the window at the beautiful northwest views, and deep calming breathing can help me feel relaxed and re-set.

At Choose Your Way Bellevue, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your commute. Learn more about how and why you should Choose the Bus today!

Want to share your commute story? Email us!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, December 18th, 2017 1:50 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

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