If you’re like me, you love seeing how you’re stacking up in savings. When it comes to my commute, it doesn’t make me happier to know that I saved more than $400 in a month from not driving my car alone. Logging my trips on the Choose Your Way Bellevue network (or RideshareOnline.com for some of you) has been a great tool for me to see how much I’m saving in gas and cash and see my impact on the environment through CO2 savings. Not to mention those trips add up to more than good data. Logging trips on the calendar could qualify someone for a monthly Perk, entrance into a drawing or a reward.
Whether you’re already in the program but haven’t started logging or haven’t signed up yet, here is a quick glimpse of the Choose Your Way Bellevue calendar and how to log a trip. (Click to make it bigger!)
It couldn’t be simpler. But if some issues occur, Choose Your Way Bellevue staff are just an email or phone call (425-283-1357) away to help you. What do you look forward to when you log trips?
–Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Geri
Thursday, January 28th, 2016 2:30 AM | by geri | Comments (2)
The ORCA Regional Day Pass became available on July 1, 2015. To use it you must already have an ORCA card. ORCA cards can also be purchased at select locations. After that, it’s smooth sailing—or riding.
The cost is $8, $4.50 for seniors or the disabled. Once loaded* you have unlimited access to the ORCA supported travel network for a 24-hour period. It’s that easy. To show you, I embarked on my own adventure around Downtown Bellevue and beyond this past summer.
CYWB staffer, Geri and I embarked on an adventure and documented our experience with the Regional Day Pass. Once we loaded our ORCA cards at the Bellevue Transit Center, we jumped on to the Rapid Ride B-Line. The first thing on our minds was food, so we headed to Crossroads, where the Tuesday Bellevue Farmers Market was in full swing.
I personally love the entire atmosphere of farmers markets. From the colors of the fresh local produce to the people running each stand. Geri and I found Hawaiian style donuts called malasadas, which is actually a Portuguese word for “under-cooked.” But Hawaii has definitely adopted them as a staple for delicious desserts on the islands.
After our lap around the farmers market, we stopped for a quick bite at the Public Market food court where everything from pho to Mediterranean style food (which is what we ultimately chose) is available for your enjoyment. It was a nice lunch in an energetic food court. Once we were finished with lunch we jumped right back on the B-Line and headed back towards the transit center.
When we arrived at the transit center, we decided to take a quick walk down to the Bellevue Square Fountain where the Bellevue Downtown Association’s Live at Lunch concert series was rockin’ and rollin’. After a quick “hello” to the BDA team, we were off again. This time we hopped on the King County Metro 271 and rode it to the corner of NE 8th Street and 92nd Avenue NE. We took a short five minute walk down the hill, munching on some wild blackberries along the way, to Clyde Beach Park.
It was a sunny summer day in Bellevue, so as you can imagine Lake Washington had children running and jumping off the dock, screaming, and yelling and enjoying the water. Honestly, it was the perfect ending to our adventure with the Regional Day Pass.
The Regional Day Pass is an exceptional tool which has proven to be very user friendly, even for people who are not familiar with the ORCA program! We managed to enjoy many great parts of Bellevue, and we managed to do it all on transit and on foot – and didn’t have to even think about the fare. It was all paid for.
You can plan your trip at tripplanner.kingcounty.gov or soundtransit.org/Trip-Planner. Have you tried the ORCA day pass? Suggest it to a friend or family who is visiting if they plan to do a lot of travel in one day!
*Load times vary depending on if you load the ORCA card online or at vendor or ORCA card machine. In person at the ORCA card vending machine is instantaneous, while online can take up to three business days to activate. So be sure to plan ahead!
The Seahawks made it through the first round of playoffs, and now they’re up against (arguably) their toughest contender on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers who finished their season 15-1. The Seattle Seahawks and the City of Bellevue are calling all 12s to come and cheer on the team on “Blue Friday” at 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Downtown Park.
Fans are encouraged to either walk, bus or bike to the rally, and of course we at Choose Your Way Bellevue are all for that!
For those of you biking into the park, don’t worry they have racks for your convenience. If you’re unsure of which route to take just check out our newly updated bike map.
If you plan to walk over just be mindful of the construction going on around the area. As of right now the north sidewalk is closed so be sure to walk on the south sidewalk if you’re on NE 4th Street. In addition, Sound Transit route 550 has been rerouted to NE 2nd not NE 4th, your best stop will be at Main Street and Bellevue Way NE, a short stroll from the park.
So gather your friends and family this Friday and get excited with the Sea Gals, Blitz, Seahawks Alumni, a fan contest and the Blue Thunder band! Go Hawks!
Choose Your Way Bellevue had a terrific year because of your travel choices!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Your decisions to incorporate transportation alternatives to your weekly routine is paying off. Bellevue is experiencing real benefits to our environment (and our commuters’ pocket books!). Check out the numbers below logged by Bellevue workers, residents and students in their RideshareOnline.com calendars:
You logged 8.8 million miles traveled without driving alone in a car.
You kept 4.9 million lbs of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere.
You saved, in sum $1.9 million in auto-related expenses like fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle by taking drive-alone alternatives.
Of the nearly 700,000 trips you took in 2015, the most popular mode was by far on transit, followed closely by carpooling.
Choose Your Way Bellevue 2015 Trips
If your New Year’s Resolution is to save money, reduce your travel and financial stress or help the environment by reducing your carbon emissions, Choose Your Way Bellevue is here to help you make the travel choice that is right for you.
Fill out a quick trip planning inquiry and our staff will create a customized plan just for you – whether it’s via transit, bike or help finding a carpool or vanpool partner, we’re here for you.
Thanks for a great 2015, and here’s to a 2016 with full vanpools, happy transit riders and healthy choices by foot and by bike!