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Ever thought about taking the bus to work, but the “last mile” connection from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride was just a little to far from your worksite?  Ride2 has you covered, and that bus commute option is back on the table!

Ride2 Eastgate is a new service launched by King County Metro on Oct. 23. The service connects you car-free to home, school or work from transit at the Eastgate Park-and-Ride and the other way around.

How does it work? From within the 2- to 3-mile service area, you can use an app to hail a Ride2 van to take you to the park-and-ride so you can catch your bus and go where you need to! Or, if you live outside of the service area but your office is within it, take the bus to the park-and-ride and then hail a Ride2 van to travel that last mile from the park-and-ride to your office in the morning, and back at the end of the day. Best of all, it’s free for the first few months!

Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, Choose Your Way Bellevue wants to sweeten that deal—The first 25 people who show us that they’ve ridden Ride2 will receive a free Choose Your Way Bellevue backpack, more than a $20 value!

Interested? Here are three easy steps that will score you a backpack:

Step 1: Book a ride on demand or schedule it in advance with the Ride2 Park-and-Ride app to take a trip to or from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride.  If you take the bus to the park-and-ride you can use the service to travel the “last mile” to work! Need help? Visit the King County Metro Ride2 webpage.

Step 2: Enjoy your fast, easy, convenient and free (for a limited time!) ride and snap a selfie of yourself in or with the van.

Step 3: Email us your photo (info@cywb.org) and provide us with your mailing address. We’ll send you a fancy, limited edition Choose Your Way Bellevue backpack, just for taking a free ride and sharing your photo! (While supplies last. Let us know if you don’t want us to post your photo publicly.)

The Fine Print:
Do you have questions about the Ride2 program? Visit the program page. We only have a limited number of backpacks, so this promotion is first-come, first-served. We want to share your smiling selfies with the world, but we do respect your privacy–let us know if you don’t want us to share your photos on social media.

Friday, October 26th, 2018 11:18 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

In this blog, we do a dive into the inner workings of Travis and Ashley’s morning travels to work from Sammamish to Bellevue.  Travis is the newest member of the Choose Your Way Bellevue/TransManage team and makes the daily commute as part of a carpool with his girlfriend Ashley.

Read on for our interview with this dynamic duo:

CYWB: Where are you coming from and where do you each go? What is your route to/from work and when are you typically on the road?

 

  • T: We live in Sammamish, right in the middle of the city so it’s the same time if we go up through Redmond or down through Issaquah.  So we keep things fresh and do both, we have it down to a science.
  • A: We live in the Sammamish Plateau, and both work in/near Bellevue (Travis is at the BDA, and I am just down the road at a church in Medina.) Because of where we live in comparison to the lake, we can either go up-and-around the lake, passing through Redmond and hopping on 520, or we can go down through Issaquah and onto I-90. So, to keep things spicy, we do both! We take I-90 in the morning around 8:30 and use 520 at around 4:45-5:00 PM to get home.

CYWB: What are some of the benefits of carpooling together?

  • T: There are a ton of benefits, among them are saving money and time (shout out carpool lane, not HUV lane like Ash pronounces it)
  • A: Two words that I’ll make three: Car. Pool. Lane.! (Anyone else out there pronounce the “HOV” like you’re saying “hovercraft”? No? Bueller?) I bet Travis has more relational/interpersonal benefits that he’ll list for you, he’s very sentimental like that.

CYWB: Do you have any special routines that are part of the trip that you can share? 

 

  • T: My routine is to make sure that we can get out the door in a timely manner.  I see varying results.  Other than that, we listen to the radio and have conversations about our days ahead.
  • A: Travis and I like to play a game in the morning where he desperately tries to get us out the door so that we’re on time for work, while I sleepily try to thwart all his plans, pulling the covers over my face and demanding coffee. This counts as a routine, right?

CYWB:  Was there anything surprising that you discovered about carpooling?  Either about the trip itself or about each other?

 

  • T: I think the surprising part was how much easier it is that I thought.  We share the one car between the two of us and I thought it would be really challenging just owning one car, but it has been a pleasant surprise in just how easy and simple it has made things.
  • A: In addition to what Travis has already said, I’m also really thankful for the ways it’s taught us to be more mindful of ourselves and of one another as a couple. Our jobs can be pretty demanding, and before Travis and I shared a car, there would be nights I’d stay in my office until traffic had all but cleared on the highways (which, if you live here, you know that’s LATE). It’s much easier to ignore self-care and healthy work-life boundaries when there’s no one to account to. However, now that we ride together, it’s easier to recognize those boundaries and fight to preserve them. At the end of the day, it’s not just about my rest but his as well. Our responsibility for one another helps recalibrate the work-life balance that so many people in our over-worked, under-rested society struggle to maintain.

CYWB:  Who is the driver and who is the passenger? How do you decide who drives?

  • T: Ashley is the driver on the way to work and I am the driver on the way home.  We sort of decided to split it up that way because we didn’t want any one of us to drive often. Also, Ashley has a false sense of her ability to drive while not spilling her coffee…..  I usually have the napkins handy.
  • A: I’m the driver in the morning because I know how to drive with a full mug of coffee without spilling it on myself (most of the time).

CYWB:  How do you recommend that someone get started finding a carpool or rideshare to work?

  • T: I would recommend that someone who is interested to check out the Waze Carpool app and Scoop.  Another way would be to ask around with people in your building or neighbors.  [Editor’s note: check out several different programs and tools to help you find a ridematch on our Apps & Technology page!]
  • A: I would say start where you live and work – you may be surprised how many people share your route or at least overlap with it! If that doesn’t work, I’m sure there’s an app (or twenty) that can link you with folks in your area who’d like to enjoy the HOV(er) lane as much as I do!

Thanks you two–we’ll check in again later to see how things are going!

To our readers: If you’re interested in carpooling or vanpooling, be sure to enter your ridematch information in the regional RideshareOnline system so you can find others commuting in your direction, and they can find you! Check out our infographic on how to enter your ridematch trip information in RSO. For other ridesharing tips and to learn about other tools such as iCarpool, Scoop and Waze,” check out our Share the Ride page.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 11:20 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

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