Archive for May, 2010

May 21 is the official Bike to Work Day, so we thought it would be helpful to provide a collection of resources in Downtown Bellevue to help make your new bike commute a breeze. Have you ever felt like Jim from The Office in the video below? Jim began biking to work to save money, stay in shape, and help the environment, but he didn’t like arriving to work covered in sweat.

There are a variety of shower options in Downtown Bellevue to help with this smelly situation. If your building doesn’t have shower facilities, there are several Downtown fitness centers that offer discounted shower memberships to bike commuters:

Extreme Fitness Studios
Symetra Financial Center—777 108th Avenue NE
425-283-1971
admin.efsbellevue@gmail.com 

Shawn Casey Results Fitness
Pacific Plaza—155 108th Avenue NE 
425-451-8281 
shawn@shawncaseyinc.com

Skyline Tower Fitness Center
10900 NE 4th Street
425-462-2107

 

Need a place to park and store your bicycle?
Check out the following options to park and lock up your bike securely:

Commuter Connection:
Located at the Bellevue Transit Center, this facility offers secure bicycle parking, members only restroom facilities, and more. Membership fee: $50 for 6 months.

The following buildings have locked bicycle facilities for their tenants:
333 Building
City Center Plaza
Key Center
Symetra Financial Center
The Bravern
And over 60 bike racks available in other buildings and throughout downtown!

 

What about repairs?
The following shops offer quick fix repairs and overhauls:

Commuter Connection (Repair)
Bellevue Transit Center—108th Avenue NE & NE 6th Street
Repair Services available Tuesdays from 8:30 am – 5:00pm
http://www.ChooseYourWayBellevue.org/Commuter-Connection-Store

Gregg’s Cycle (Repair and Accessories)
105 Bellevue Way NE
Weekdays 10:00am – 8:00pm, Weekends 10:00am – 6:00pm
http://www.greggscycles.com/

 

Need help planning your bicycle commute route?
Check out these online resources to help you plan your bike route to work:

Google Bike:
www.maps.google.com/biking

Cascade Bicycle Club Commuter Messaging Board
www.cascade.org/Community/forum

 

<< Download a printable version of Downtown Bellevue’s Bicycle Resources >>

-Jordan

Friday, May 21st, 2010 10:53 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

DSC06475Calling all vanpoolers! I want to know about you! Why do you vanpool? How long have you been vanpooling? How much money do you save by vanpooling? Are you more stressed? Less stressed? Do you have any ideas on how to get more people vanpooling? Do you have any interesting stories about your vanpool? For example, did you get married to someone in your vanpool?

Let me start us off: I have been vanpooling for a year and a half. Before the vanpool, I rode the bus to work. However I would have to drive 20 minutes to get to the park and ride. From there, it was a 15 minute bus ride. It really wasn’t that bad of a commute.

When one of my co-workers switched her hours to match my schedule, we decided to try to start our own vanpool. After a few months of recruitment, we had enough riders to begin. My entire vanpool fare ($101/month) is actually free because the company I work for provides employees with an ORCA Passport card, covering 100% of my vanpool fare. It’s great how much money I save. Now I drive 3 minutes to the van pick-up. I put gas in my car once per month, compared to once a week, when I was taking the bus. I also get to drive to work with some wonderful women. So what’s your vanpool story? Tell me about it by commenting below!

-Melissa

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 4:17 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

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