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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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