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The 4th of July is right around the corner!

The Bellevue Downtown Association, City of Bellevue and our sponsors invite you to join us in the Downtown Park to celebrate America’s Independence Day this July 4th!

The 25th annual Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th presented by PACCAR will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The largest 4th of July celebration on the Eastside will take place in Bellevue Downtown Park where families and friends can enjoy food, games, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show.

The Bellevue Downtown Park is located one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way in downtown Bellevue.

10201 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

Here are a few additional ways to get to the festivities:

Transit

Consider taking the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center located at NE 6th Street & 108th Avenue NE. The Bellevue Transit Center is less than 5 blocks from the Bellevue Downtown Park and offers evening transit service to and from Seattle and many surrounding areas. Visit King County Metro’s Online TripPlanner to help plan your bus route or Choose Your Way Bellevue for other travel options. Bus routes will operate a Saturday schedule on July 4th so be sure to check the schedule at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/schedules/ for your route.

Bike or Walk

Summer is here and this is the best time of year to bike! Throw your blanket in your backpack and don’t forget your bike lights! You can plan your route with the City of Bellevue bike map or the interactive King County bike map.

Limited bike parking is available at the park at these locations (don’t forget a lock to secure your bike!): space for six at the playground entrance, space for two at the north end of the southeast parking lot, space for two on the gravel path at the eastern entrance, and space for six in the pavilion space at the north end.

Rideshare with family or friends. Make a plan to meet at a nearby park-n-ride.

If you’ve got a few extra seats in your car, try On The Move Bellevue to find a ridematch. You can view the Family 4th Event and “Add Trip to Event” here to find a ridematch. Access downtown Bellevue by car from SR-520, I-405 or I-90. If you’re carpooling, make use of the HOV access ramps on I-405 at NE 6th Street, open only to vehicles with two or more occupants.

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Nearby Park-n-Rides:

North

Houghton Park-n-Ride

Kingsgate Park-n-Ride

South Kirkland Park-n-Ride

South

South Bellevue Park-n-Ride

Wilburton Park-n-Ride

East

Eastgate Park-n-Ride

West

Mercer Island Park-n-Ride

Parking

If you are driving or carpooling with your family, once you get downtown there are a few parking options. Complimentary event parking is offered after 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square (access off NE 8th and Bellevue Way), Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place).

Using Lincoln Square (access off Bellevue Way) or Bellevue Place (access off NE 8th or Bellevue Way) allows for a much quicker post-event exit. Free parking also is available in the visitors’ lot at Bellevue City Hall (450 110th Avenue NE) – and a much quicker way to exit downtown post-event if you are willing to walk a couple blocks.

After the event, drivers are encouraged to use NE 2nd Street, NE 10th Street or NE 12th Street to cross I-405 and quickly exit downtown.

Driving Directions

Eastbound I-90 from Seattle:
Just past the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Merge onto Bellevue Way heading north approximately 3 miles. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located on the left side of Bellevue Way, one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Westbound I-90 from Issaquah:
Take the Bellevue Way exit and head north approximately 3 miles. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located on the left side of Bellevue Way, one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Northbound I-405 from Renton:
Just past the I-90 interchange, take the NE 4th Street exit. Head west on NE 4th Street. Turn left on Bellevue Way. The park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Southbound I-405 from Kirkland:
Just past the 520 interchange, take the NE 4th Street exit. Head west on NE 4th Street. Turn left on Bellevue Way. The park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Eastbound 520 from Seattle:
Before reaching the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Merge right onto Bellevue Way heading south. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way, just south of Bellevue Square.

Westbound 520 from Redmond:
Just past the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Turn left onto Bellevue Way heading south. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way, just south of Bellevue Square.

Please Note the below traffic changes:

  • At 6 p.m., in anticipation of high volumes of pedestrian traffic, eastbound Northeast Fourth Street, from 100th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way, will be closed to vehicles;
  • At approximately 9:30 p.m., the following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic near Downtown Park: Northeast Fourth Street, from 100th Avenue to Bellevue Way; southbound 103rd Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Second Street to Main Street, and 100th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast First Street to Northeast Fifth Street;
  • After the fireworks display, there will be several lane restrictions and turn restrictions on streets near Downtown Park and Bellevue Square. They include Bellevue Way, Northeast Fourth Street, Northeast Eighth Street, 100th and 102nd Avenue Northeast.
  • When leaving the event, drivers are encouraged to use Northeast Second Street, Northeast 10th Street or Northeast 12th Street to cross I-405 and quickly exit downtown.

Stay safe out there and enjoy the fireworks and other festivities!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer, Augusta

 

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 9:41 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

Good news— if you get around other than driving alone, you’re already getting more health benefits out of your commute. Taking the bus, biking and walking to work have been proven to be the healthiest commutes. Studies have shown that people who bike to work take fewer sick days than those who drive. Commuters who took any other means to work than driving alone had a lower body mass index and weighed less according to a 2014 study by the British Medical Journal. Even those who carpool may find their commute to be happier simply because they have company along the ride. Here are a few more simple ways to add more fitness into your commute.

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deskercises31. Stretch while you wait- Waiting for the bus is a good opportunity to get active and you don’t have to lose your spot in line. Doing small stretch exercises can help ease you into your commute. You can do lunges, neck and arm stretches. See stretch exercise ideas here. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles and in turn helps decrease the risk of activity-based injuries and improve athletic performance in some activities.

2. Go the distance- Another way to get more steps in is to park a little further away from your stop at the park-and-ride (allow yourself an extra few minutes for the extra steps). Once you’re at your stop, stretch it out. See stretch exercises in number one.

3. Take a stand- Buses have handrails and stanchions to hold on to if you’re standing. Try standing on your bus ride whenever you feel comfortable and it is safe to do so. Make sure you hold on to a handrail and stand behind the yellow lines on the bus.

IMG_07424. Walk or bike whenever possible- Look at your commute and see where you could potentially walk. Maybe the park-and-ride is less than a mile away. Maybe you could get off a stop earlier than your usual stop and walk the rest of the way to work. Walking is an efficient and effective way to exercise. It will increase your energy, improve flexibility and posture and aid in weight loss. Try biking part of your commute as well. Whether it’s biking to the park-and-ride or getting off a few stops earlier to bike the rest of the way, there are ways to integrate a quick bike ride without having to commit to biking the entire trip. Biking gets you toned— and you don’t have to lift a single weight.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 11:08 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

Bike Month 2015: Keep on Rolling!

UntitledBike month 2015 was fantastic. It truly is one of our favorite months of the year. Along with many of you, we pedaled with all our might up big hills. Together we braved unknown roads and the rain (the second Wednesday of bike month). We changed up our routine and attire to get to work with just two wheels.

Kudos to all of the new (yours truly) and seasoned cyclists that rode their bike throughout May! Bike Month in Bellevue was filled with fun bike events including workshops, the Bike Month Challenge Packet Pick-up event at Geaux Brewing, Bike to the Farmers Market Day and Bike to Work Day.

We beat last year’s record for cyclists that visited our Downtown Bellevue Bike to Work Day Commuter Station. Last year we had 205 cyclists join us and this year we had 239! Thank you to our partners for helping us put together another successful BTWD event! We couldn’t have done it without Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, Cascade Bicycle Club, City of Bellevue, King County Metro, Sound Transit, Gregg’s Cycle and Eastside Rail Corridor. Also, a big thank you to Windsor who presented a wonderful Urban Biking 101 class leading up to bike month and also kept a tally of all the cyclists who visited us on Bike to Work Day. Check out the photos on our Facebook and Instagram Are you excited for next year’s Bike Month? Join our mailing list to get an update as soon as Bike Month events for next year are finalized and updates for bike events happening throughout the year!

With Bike Month behind us there are many things to look forward to; this Summer NE 116th Avenue will be rechanneled to include bike lanes between NE 12th Street and Northup Way. Employers and property managers will have opportunities to learn how fostering a bicycle culture can lead to healthier employees, more productivity and help save money.

Friday, June 12th Regence will host the Seattle Bike Summit; a chance for are business representatives to learn about the rising importance of bike commuting on their organizations bottom-line. And Cascade Bicycle Club is always available as a commute resource for employers including best practices to becoming a bicycle friendly business.

So if you’re not ready to look back on Bike Month, keep pedaling along and continue to check back for more information about bicycling in Bellevue and stories about and from people who bike.

-Jason

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 4:28 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

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