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Bike Everywhere Month in Bellevue

Get ready, because good weather is in the air and that means that Bike Everywhere Month is right around the corner! Here are a few exciting opportunities the City of Bellevue is offering to get you out on two wheels during the month of May:

Before we even get to May, the City of Bellevue is hosting a “Basics of Urban Cycling” class on Wednesday, April 25th at noon at City Hall. The class will cover planning your bike route, riding safely and comfortably, rules of the road, clothing, gear, and is led by a Cascade Bicycle Club instructor.  Free pizza will be provided—RSVP required here!

And to officially kick off Bike Month, including the Bike Everywhere Challenge, Choose Your Bellevue is hosting the 2018 Eastside Bike Bash at REI-Bellevue with Cascade Bicycle Club and all our friends on May 1 from 4pm-7pm.  Learn about exciting bike projects coming to the Eastside and snack on goodies from KIND Bar and fresh roasted s’mores from REI.  We’ll have friends and partners from all over the Eastside with fun giveaways and coupons—check out the details here.

And don’t forget that May 18th is Bike Everywhere Day!  Find your nearest Celebration Station!

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 -Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Friday, April 20th, 2018 9:12 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Each month we choose a trip-logger at random to share their commute story and receive a $100 REI gift card to keep up the momentum on their non-drive-alone commute. This month’s winner is Kim B. who takes the bus from Kent to Bellevue when she goes into work, but also telecommutes at least once a week (taking no trip also counts as a non-drive-alone trip!). Here’s her story:

“I have been commuting by bus since 2003 and just in the last couple of years have added working from home.  I bus to work because traffic is awful, I can multitask while on the bus and it saves me money.  My work pays for my bus pass, so it is a great solution for me.  Working from home has been a blessing as well.

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my pets.  We spend time with our 11-year-old golden retriever by taking her to the ocean, lakes and the mountains to play in the snow.  We also have two kitties that we adopted and keep us busy.  We also like to travel a few times a year to tropical destinations and more recently, trying to see all 50 states.

I recommend taking the bus to work for anyone doing the I-405 commute.  It saves wear and tear on your vehicle, money for gas and also less chance of an accident in your car.”

Thanks, Kim!

Would you like to be the Choose Your Way Bellevue Mover of the Month? Log at least eight non-drive-alone trips on your calendar and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing for next month.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, April 9th, 2018 12:49 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

24th Street Bike Lanes

Hot on the heels of getting the green light for a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway and having a Bikeshare permit system vetted, there are more bike projects coming to the streets of Bellevue!  Next up are buffered bike lanes on NE 24th Street from Northup Way to the SR-520 Trail.

Construction is slated to start in mid-April and improvements include widening the existing bike lanes from five feet to six-and-one-half feet, adding a three-foot-wide bike lane buffer, and green bicycle markings. This improvement will increase the separation between bicyclists and vehicles, providing more comfort and safety for users of all ages and abilities.  View the official construction alert here for more details.

From the SR-520 trail, which parallels the highway all the way to Redmond, the NE 24th Street lanes will connect to the green bike lanes (literally green paint) on Northup Way.  People on bikes can connect to Downtown Bellevue using the bike lanes and facilities on NE 116th Avenue/NE 12th Street and in the coming months will be able to connect to the Eastside Rail Corridor.

24th Street Bike Lanes Map

This NE 24th Street bike lane project is part of the larger Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy project, which address a backlog of neighborhood safety, connectivity, sidewalk, bicycle, technology, congestion reduction and maintenance projects. There are currently 43 projects that will be delivered during 2017-2018.

You can read more about this 20 year program, including bike projects, on the city’s Transportation Levy Project page.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer, Tim

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 4:35 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Although I normally ride the bus to work (here in Downtown Bellevue), I will drive in once in a blue moon when I need a car for some reason. Every time I have to drive to Downtown Bellevue, it drives me nuts.

I commute from Mercer Island and while the driving time is similar, when you factor in having to find a parking spot, not being able to use the carpool lane, and having to walk from the parking garage, it’s actually much faster for me to just hop on and off the bus.

I’m not saying that it will be faster for everyone to take public transit. I know that I’m one of the lucky ones in this sense. However, there are so many great reasons to take public transit even if it makes your commute a little more complicated. If you look into it, you might even find that your commute is made easier by not driving.

Here are some of the reasons why I love taking the bus: 

  • Helps the environment – I log my commute online and only halfway through March, I’ve already saved 3 gallons of gasoline and 40 pounds of carbon! That’s 960 pounds of carbon in a year!
  • Helps my wallet – My commute log shows that I’ve saved $19 so far this month by not driving – by the end of the month I’ll have paid for my coffee for the month! My job pays for my ORCA transit pass so the savings are even better (ask your employer if they subsidize transit – you’ll find that a lot of them do)! On top of that, I’m not putting wear and tear on a car by driving it.
  • Increases personal time – Since I don’t have to focus on driving, I can focus on other things! My commute can be spent catching up on the latest podcast, checking my email, reading a book, or (as often happens) sneaking in some extra sleep! It’s so nice not having to focus on the road.
  • Free rewards – just for logging your non-drive-alone commute or committing to reduce drive-alone trips, you can get entered to win free stuff through Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards and Just One Trip (ex. REI gift cards, Amazon gift cards, gas cards, bus passes and more!) You also get monthly discounts to local restaurants and businesses. There are lots of options for bus riders as well as people who use other forms of commuting (vanpool, biking, etc.). Sign up now – who doesn’t like free stuff?

Tips to Get Started:

“When you’re sitting in your car complaining about traffic, just remember – you are traffic.” – a brilliant coworker of mine 

Emma, Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 2:33 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

It’s ba-aaack! King County Metro’s Just One Trip program is here again to reward you for changing just one trip (or more!) to an alternative mode to driving alone. It’ easy to get started:

  • Head to JustOneTrip.org and sign up for this year’s program. Signing up lets the team know which mode you’re interested in trying out or doing more of – transit, biking, walking, carpool, vanpool, etc.
  • After signing up, you’ll be mailed a reward to help you on your way. New this year: if you already have an ORCA card but can take transit more often, the team will load an e-purse value on your existing card rather than mailing you a new one!
  • You’ll also receive a $100 Emergency Ride Home code to use in case something unexpected happens, like getting sick at work.
  • Within two weeks after receiving your reward, make the effort to change drive-alone trips.
  • Just One Trip will email you a short survey to learn how things went for you; when you finish, you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $250 grocery gift card!

Already using alternatives as much as possible? Share your story and refer a friend to earn $25 REI gift cards!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 9:19 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

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