Choose Your Way Bellevue Blog

Enjoying Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom festival by bikeshare.

My name is Tim Kelley and I am the new Transportation Program Director at TransManage. We operate the Choose Your Way Bellevue outreach program on behalf of the City of Bellevue.  This is my semi-serious response to the question, “Why do you ride a bike for your commute?”

I ride my bike because I am lazy.

Okay, hear me out:  Walking takes too long. My three mile commute to work (downhill in the morning!) would take an hour if I walked it.  It’s barely 12 minutes by bike and I can just wear my normal work clothes.

The bus can be really great (it’s the best way to get into downtown Seattle in the morning) but I like the independence of leaving on my own schedule.  My bike is always waiting for me and is ready to go and I never have to worry about when the next bus will arrive.

Driving is pretty easy, but I don’t want to pay for parking in a garage and who has time to circle the block looking for a spot?  Biking is basically free and there is bike parking everywhere.  Besides, I can literally ride right up to office’s front door and take my bike inside. Oh and when was the last time you saw a bicycle traffic jam? The bike lanes are always clear!

Sure, biking is great because it’s super fun to feel the wind in your hair, it saves money, it’s good for the environment, and it means I don’t have to feel guilty about not going to the gym, but really when it comes down to it, riding my bike is the easiest option.

Did you know? Choose You Way Bellevue has tons of biking resources available to you!

-Choose Your Way Staffer, Tim

Tim recently relocated to Bellevue from the East Coast where he was with local county government, encouraging people to try bicycling for transportation. Tim has enjoyed experiencing the Seattle region’s bike lanes and trails from his handlebars.

 

Monday, October 2nd, 2017 9:49 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

From the City of Bellevue: On Sept. 5, the city began a three-month pilot traffic mitigation program that is intended to discourage commuter traffic from using some neighborhood streets during East Link light rail construction.

Traffic studies show that commuters often access Bellevue Way in the evening commute hours via neighborhood streets. In response to concerns about the increase of this traffic since light rail construction started on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast this summer, temporary turn restrictions are being piloted and enforced.

The pilot includes two restrictions that are in effect Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m. At 108th Avenue Southeast, a no-through restriction prohibits through travel (southbound) at Southeast 16th Street; if motorists travel this stretch when the restrictions are active, they will have to turn right (west) onto SE 16th St. The turn restriction on Southeast 16th Street at Bellevue Way will prohibit travel (westbound) on Southeast 16th Street and left turns (southbound) travel to Bellevue Way. The restrictions do not apply to people bicycling or to transit vehicles, including public and school buses. The pilot utilizes signs and flashing beacons to call attention to the locations where turns are restricted.

Downtown employees are asked to plan their commutes in advance due to light rail construction occurring south of Main Street. If you are interested in taking the bus but have been hesitant to do so, consider a $25 ORCA card through Choose Your Way Bellevue. In addition to the bus, there are many other ways to get around Bellevue.

To read a detailed flyer about the pilot, go to www.bellevuewa.gov/ELtraffic.

Traffic monitoring is being conducted throughout the pilot and the results will be shared with the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee (NTMC). The NTMC was formed in 2016 to work with the City on recommending traffic mitigation that would discourage commuter traffic on neighborhood streets during East Link construction on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue SE.

Let Choose Your Way Bellevue know if you have questions and don’t forget to check out these other East Link resources:

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 1:13 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

When traveling on express buses crossing county lines (such as the ST 535 to Lynnwood or ST 532 to Everett), the ORCA card reader is automatically set to charge you for the 2-county fare ($3.75). If you’re going north out of Downtown Bellevue and get off the bus at the Totem Lake Freeway Station in Kirkland, Brickyard Park-and-Ride in Bothell, Bothell Park-and-Ride, Beardslee Blvd, UW Bothell or the I-405 and NE 195th St flyer stop – you’re a one-zone rider ($2.75). Canyon Park is the beginning of the two-zone ride going north out of Bellevue.

Pro Tip: Are you traveling on multi-county bus but disembarking before the bus crosses the county line? Let the driver know when you board that you’re a “one-county” rider. The driver can adjust the fare for you, saving you $1 per trip! This can save you whether you pay with e

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Augusta

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 12:02 PM | by augusta | Add a Comment

Seattle’s Ruff Rider

Eclipse with her Orca card

It started with Eclipse’s owner smoking a cigarette a little too long one day which made this impatient pooch jump onto the bus without her owner. Eclipse’s owner followed suit on the next bus and noticed that Eclipse was already waiting at the dog park. Eclipse’s owner usually rides with her, but on the off chance she’s solo, Eclipse jumps onto the Rapid Ride D line, sits quietly and waits for her stop all on her own. Although Eclipse should really be on a leash, dogs are able to ride at the discretion of the driver and under certain guidelines. For those that are new to transit and want to join Eclipse in finding an alternative commute Choose Your Way Bellevue is currently offering a great promotion for new transit users*. Visit our homepage to find out more.

 

Friday, August 25th, 2017 2:12 PM | by Sandee Ditt | Add a Comment

Just where will you be able to take the Light Rail in and out of Bellevue? And when can you plan that trip? Let’s take a look at Sound Transit’s resources.

Sound Transit Stations Map

The construction phase is in full swing and planned to be completed in 2022. Testing and pre-operations should leave us riding the light rail in 2023! You can stay up to date by subscribing to Sound Transit’s East Link updates.

To see a complete list of Eastside station locations, see Sound Transit’s website.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 1:26 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

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