Archive for December, 2017

We’ve been talking about the SR 520 bridge and its trail for almost three years, but now the big day has finally come.  As of Wednesday, the walking and biking trail is now open for active transportation.

Choose Your Way Bellevue celebrated with Washington State Department of Transportation, Cascade Bicycle Club and a couple hundred area riders!  We set up our tent near the Evergreen Point Park and Ride on the east side of the bridge and gave out hot chocolate, commemorative pins, and bike lights!


This important connection will save plenty of time and miles for those who don’t want to go all the way south to the I-90 bridge or north around the top of Lake Washington. The 520 trail feels downright palatial with its 14-foot width (although watch out for the expansion joints, as they can be a bit bumpy on skinny tires).

For more photos from the event, check out the album on Facebook, and don’t forget that you can always follow us on Instagram too!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 21st, 2017 3:46 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

When I began working in downtown Bellevue a few months ago, I thought that commuting from Ballard two hours round trip each day by bus would be a nightmare. It turns out that by just focusing on being productive during that time, I appreciate and even enjoy my time on the bus.

What could you get done? Click for image source.

Here is a list of things that I do that make my commute feel worthwhile:

  1. Get Ahead

I find that the bus is a great place to start thinking about outlining a productive day before the stress of actually being at work kicks in. I check my email and clear my inbox on the bus so that I have one less thing on my plate at the office. I take a notebook with me, so that if I have a writing task or want to make a to-do list, I can take care of it and feel like I’m already ahead of the game.

  1. Read a Book

I love to read, but for the past few years I found myself only being able to settle into a good book when I was on vacation. Since I started commuting by bus, I’ve found that it’s the perfect way to pass the time and do an activity I enjoy. Since I have that time morning and night, I’m able to get through monstrous books that I normally wouldn’t have the patience to finish, like Crime and Punishment, which I finished last month, or War and Peace, which I’m currently working on. I don’t even have to carry the books during my commute since I read them on my phone.

  1. Listen to podcasts/TED Talks

An activity that I find really helps me pass the time without effort is listening to a favorite podcast. They can be downloaded so that you’re not using data on the commute, and before you know it you’re at your destination and have maybe even learned/heard about something cool to share with coworkers.

  1. Learn a new language

There are dozens of free language learning apps available, and commuting can provide the perfect time to activate your brain and make daily progress.  I decided to start using Duolingo to learn Spanish. I wasn’t expecting much, but after a few months using the app only on the bus, I’m now 51% fluent! I wholeheartedly believe I would not have made that progress if I had chosen to drive instead of taking the bus.

  1. Sit Back, Relax and Unwind

Sometimes, I just need to unwind after a long day, and my commute gives me the perfect opportunity to do that. I find that listening to mellow music, staring out the window at the beautiful northwest views, and deep calming breathing can help me feel relaxed and re-set.

At Choose Your Way Bellevue, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your commute. Learn more about how and why you should Choose the Bus today!

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Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, December 18th, 2017 1:50 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

The 520 Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is opening! People riding bikes can now get from one side of the lake to the other. Whether you prefer aerodynamic helmets and spandex or you’re just trying out a traffic-free commute at your own pace, people traveling by bicycle (and on foot!) now have more options. Join the Choose Your Way Bellevue team, Cascade Bicycle Club and the City of Bellevue in celebrating the opening December 20 at 3 p.m.

Take the one way ride across the lake from Bellevue, or take the round trip, but either way come warm up at our booth at Evergreen Point with some complimentary hot chocolate. You can pick up a free souvenir pin, bike lights, and give our prize wheel a spin, too! You may just win two tickets to skate at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena. Make sure you’ve brought your bike over to the Eastside on the bus before the event so you can bike back.

Please note that the expansion joints on the bridge have been reported as quite bumpy, so ride with caution!

Friday, December 15th, 2017 4:39 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

In Part 1 of our Commute Inquiry series we told the story of “K”, who discovered a quick and easy bus route to her workplace. Often times, making a few simple changes can mean the difference between driving alone and commuting on cruise control. However, some commutes are more challenging and it may seem that trying transit or finding a ridematch is an impossibility. While it’s true that our team can’t always find another commuter going your way, we can give you the resources to stay up to date with new riders and available carpools or vanpools. Bus routes that look too long at first glance may be paired with a bike ride, carpool, or short drive alone to a park-and-ride you may not know about, so that you can still use an alternative mode to driving without too much compromise. If you’re able to carpool to a park-and-ride you may even have access to priority parking!

A bike-bus combo might work for you!

Commuter “M” was one such success story: This past spring, at the time of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride closure, a commuter living in Renton who was used to parking at South Bellevue thought the closure would mean he’d have to pay to park at his workplace. Although taking the bus from his home would be too long of a commute, we helped him discover that by driving to a park-and-ride in Renton, he could still use transit for most of his commute. This route would mean transferring twice, but would save “M” from paying to park each day. We also used Sound Transit’s replacement park-and-ride lots maps to find a lot along his route that was closer to his workplace. This would mean a one-seat ride (no bus transfers), but he’d have to get there early to ensure a parking space. Now “M” has a few options to try out and more “me time” on the bus.

Commutes are not one-size-fits-all, so we want to help you consider all the mix-and-match possibilities that work for you. If an alternative mode doesn’t work right now, don’t give up! Our transit agencies are always making improvements, ridesharing options are always evolving, and we’ve got walk and bike tips and even strategies for teleworking. Let us know how we can help you by filling out your CYWB commute inquiry today.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 2:17 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment




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