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Telecommuting can help improve company productivity and enhance employee recruitment while decreasing overhead costs.

At this workshop, you’ll learn about how to implement an effective telecommute program that benefits your business’s bottom line and improves work/life balance.

This event will be hosted at Lincoln Square North (700 Bellevue Way NE) and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Complimentary Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Program: Noon – 1 p.m.

Lincoln Square North
Collaboration Center
700 Bellevue Way
Bellevue, WA 98004

RSVP for Free Here by 2/4

(The Collaboration Center is on the second floor. Get off the elevator, walk through the Food Court area to the LSS Management Office, turn left into the Collaboration Center)

Visitor parking onsite will be validated at Nordstrom Rack or any restaurant for up to three hours. For questions, please email info@cywb.org.

Thursday, January 17th, 2019 11:56 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

From figuring out your fare and your route to supplying you with reflective gadgets and gizmos, our transportation team has everything you need to be a pro at bus commuting.

The New Year is a time for resolutions so, this year, why not resolve to make a change that’s a win-win for yourself, others and the planet? Make 2019 the year of transit!

With construction, closures, and perpetual traffic, there’s never been a better time to give driving a break and pursue other transportation options. We like the bus this time of year when the weather is unpredictable and it gets dark just after lunch, but we support and applaud our cyclists and walkers as well!

Our team of transportation experts will write you a custom commute plan–all you need to provide is your origin and destination addresses. You can also plan a commute yourself! There are some great tools such as Google Maps which allow you to route your commute; just choose the bus icon at the top left and change your time frame to “Arrive by” to enter the time you’d like to get to work. Sometimes, there isn’t a route, it takes too long, or it requires too many transfers. A great way to simplify is to enter your origin as a transit center or park-and-ride. Some park-and-rides fill up early, so depending on how early you leave and where from, your new commute may require a little bit of trial and error before you perfect your plan.

Did you know that traveling via the Eastgate Park-and-Ride has gotten easier? King County Metro will actually pick you up and connect you to your Eastgate/Factoria office, or from your home if nearby, the park-and-ride through the Ride2 program! Your office parking may be tight, but by taking this Metro shuttle, you have a worry-free ride to and from your ride!

Not ready to leave the comfort of the car yet? There’ve never been more carpool resources than right now, and for a limited time, King County Metro is helping make your carpool even cheaper by partnering with carpool apps Waze and Scoop.

Need an ORCA card? Sign up for King County Metro’s Just One Trip to get a new ORCA card pre-loaded with $25 fare mailed to you, or get $25 value added to your existing ORCA card when you take the survey. Traveling to or from Bellevue? Choose Your Way Bellevue will also help you try transit with a $25 pre-loaded ORCA card.  ORCA is a regional transit card which allows you to simply tap your card and ride. The card will automatically track your transfers and fares, so you never have to calculate or pay twice when switching buses or agencies. ORCA is accepted on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries.

And you can use ORCA to pay vanpool fare for King County, Community Transit, Pierce Transit or Kitsap Transit.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 10:07 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

For decades, the car has been king throughout the United States, and our car-culture means that from age 16 we’re conditioned to consider “but where will I park” above nearly all else. It is  undeniable that driving allows for a personal, moveable space where you can sing loudly, drink a milkshake from the drive-thru and store multiple outfit options in the trunk, but with our transit survival kit you’ll be a pro on the bus no matter how car-attached you are.

  • Backpack: you need somewhere to store your stuff, and a backpack is practical for sitting, standing, and waiting. Learn how you can earn a free Choose Your Way Bellevue backpack!
  • Water bottle: you never know when you’ll feel parched, and with traffic as unpredictable as it is, best to have some thirst quenching water at the ready.
  • Hand sani: our local transit agencies do an amazing job keeping buses and shelters clean and tidy, but sometimes you encounter something sticky or you just want to clean your hands after holding onto the rails of the bus. Now you can!
  • Headphones, book, puzzle, entertainment! A major perk of taking the bus is having time to do, well, anything you want on the ride. Watch a film, listen to a podcast, or read a book.
  • Your ORCA card – and maybe a lanyard, although you can tap your ORCA card without taking it out of your wallet; just tap the side of your wallet on the scanner!
  • Tissues: this time of year people are sniffley; you’re a people, too.
  • Something reflective and a little flashlight: it gets dark early these days. Be safe and seen by attaching something to your backpack that reflects headlights for the walk to and from your stop. Also keep in mind that at night, bus drivers are sometimes willing to drop you off in-between stops as long as it’s a safe location to do so.
  • Walking shoes: yes you look great in those dress shoes or heels, but leave them under your desk or in your backpack on transit–It’s simply more comfortable and easy.
  • An extra layer: buses are heated and air-conditioned, and get warm when they’re packed with people, and cold when the windows are open. Be the perfect temp with an extra layer at hand.

Still have questions? Know of something we forgot on our list? Contact us!

Friday, January 11th, 2019 11:13 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

In 2015, the Bellevue City Council adopted a Vision Zero resolution, proclaiming that the life, safety and health of residents, employees and visitors to Bellevue is the Council’s highest priority. The City’s commitment to this priority is reflected in the Vision Zero goal: Zero traffic-related deaths and serious injures by 2030.

The City is currently creating a Vision Zero Action Plan to coordinate existing programs and identify opportunities where new efforts are needed to make Bellevue’s streets safe for everyone. Whatever someone’s age, physical ability, or how they choose to travel—walking, bicycling, transit, driving, or otherwise—they should get wherever they want to be safely in Bellevue.

An online questionnaire is now available through February 11: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VisionZeroBellevue.

Feedback from this questionnaire will help City staff better understand the public’s perceptions about street safety and what factors feel most threatening to people traveling in Bellevue. Responses will be used to develop strategies and take action.

Together, we will achieve zero!

Take the Survey!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 1:42 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

(Editors note: This post originally appeared on the Bellevue Downtown Association website.)

The countdown is on.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is slated to close on January 11 for three weeks, at which point the new two-mile-long SR 99 tunnel connecting Seattle Center to the stadiums will open. Then, on March 23 the buses that currently go through the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be brought up to surface streets to allow for better light rail scheduling.

Map of SR 99 closure through downtown Seattle via WSDOT.

These changes, coupled with construction on both sides of the lake and our region’s usual traffic, will likely make for long commutes in the months ahead, and not just in Seattle. According to WSDOT, “drivers should expect up to six weeks of region-wide congestion.”

News agencies, transit agencies, SDOT and WSDOT all recommend making a plan and doing as much as you can to stay off the roads, especially during the three weeks (ish) when both the new tunnel and the viaduct will be closed.

So, what does making a plan mean? Some of us can’t change our work schedule, or the way we work, but for those of us that can, Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien suggests that we “think about…what can we do for the common good” such as:

  • Telework – The best way to avoid being part of traffic is to stay home!
  • Shift your work day – Can you travel outside peak travel times? Start later and catch a less crowded bus for your commute.
  • Carpool – Talk to your neighbors and coworkers or go to RideshareOnline to form a carpool; or let an app like Waze, iCarpool or Scoop do it for you! To help with congestion and encourage carpooling King County Metro is partnering with Waze and Scoop dynamic carpooling apps to offer discounts and incentives to those commuting to, from or within King County. Learn more here and check with your employer; some are offering additional incentives
  • Take transit – Your employer may provide you with an ORCA card (if not, click here), and transportation experts like us at Choose Your Way Bellevue will plan your commute for free! There are a few easy bus routes that go between Seattle and the Bellevue Transit Center including:

Coming from Eastgate or West Seattle? Try Ride2, the new on-demand shuttle service from King County Metro!

  • Take vacation – Saving up those time off days? Cash in during these three weeks and say goodbye to traffic and hello to a beach.

No matter what you choose or questions you have, our team is here to help you navigate.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 12:54 PM | by Tim Kelley | Comments Off on Your commute to Bellevue during the #SeattleSqueeze

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