This past summer we saw four courageous commute challengers hit the road by bike, bus and carpool. We dared them to leave their car at home or share the ride for a month. And what we found were positive responses. Check below for the Top Three Revelations of Greener Commuting:
- Carpools allows for quick travel and great conversations. Brandon got to know a new friend and enjoyed music and conversations while on the road. Because he and his carpool partner drove in the HOV lane, they were able to get to work faster than they would have driving alone. You can find a carpool partner on the Downtown Bellevue On The Move network!
- Ride your bike and cross “exercise” off your to-do list. Gillian and Kate rode their bikes to work and were excited to get their exercise in earlier in the day while enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s a great way to get your day started especially when you might be inside the majority of the day. Also, by exercising while you commute you’re saving time by not having to go to the gym after work and saving money by not getting a gym membership.
- Taking the bus is relaxing. We’ve heard from our past commute challengers that they were able to read a book, take a quick nap and catch up on email before they head into the office. Stress was eliminated just by not worrying about traffic on the road.
The Summer Commute Challengers learned what it was like to commute via alternative mode transportation and found out if it fit with their lifestyle. A few have continued to keep commuting greener and some confirmed that it wasn’t for them. One challenger was able to find a more efficient route to work saving time and gas. Another challenger continued to log his trips and recently earned his $50 Get Started reward.
DBOTM is looking for a new set of Commute Challengers! DBOTM staff will help the new Commute Challengers plan their commute from start to finish and even pay for one month of commuting (while supplies last). You’ll get to join them on their journey with weekly blog updates about their experiences.
Already commute greener? Share it with a friend! Tell us what you like about your commute and we will share it with the new challengers. Solo commuter? Check out the application link below to sign-up for the Fall Commute Challenge!
We are excited for this fall; leaves are changing color, the scarves and gloves are coming out and commuters are turning over a new leaf by leaving their cars at home!
Fill out the Fall Commute Challenge application today, or challenge your friends and family to take the greener way!
Downtown Bellevue On The Move Staff
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