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Enjoying Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom festival by bikeshare.

My name is Tim Kelley and I am the new Transportation Program Director at TransManage. We operate the Choose Your Way Bellevue outreach program on behalf of the City of Bellevue.  This is my semi-serious response to the question, “Why do you ride a bike for your commute?”

I ride my bike because I am lazy.

Okay, hear me out:  Walking takes too long. My three mile commute to work (downhill in the morning!) would take an hour if I walked it.  It’s barely 12 minutes by bike and I can just wear my normal work clothes.

The bus can be really great (it’s the best way to get into downtown Seattle in the morning) but I like the independence of leaving on my own schedule.  My bike is always waiting for me and is ready to go and I never have to worry about when the next bus will arrive.

Driving is pretty easy, but I don’t want to pay for parking in a garage and who has time to circle the block looking for a spot?  Biking is basically free and there is bike parking everywhere.  Besides, I can literally ride right up to office’s front door and take my bike inside. Oh and when was the last time you saw a bicycle traffic jam? The bike lanes are always clear!

Sure, biking is great because it’s super fun to feel the wind in your hair, it saves money, it’s good for the environment, and it means I don’t have to feel guilty about not going to the gym, but really when it comes down to it, riding my bike is the easiest option.

Did you know? Choose You Way Bellevue has tons of biking resources available to you!

-Choose Your Way Staffer, Tim

Tim recently relocated to Bellevue from the East Coast where he was with local county government, encouraging people to try bicycling for transportation. Tim has enjoyed experiencing the Seattle region’s bike lanes and trails from his handlebars.

 

Monday, October 2nd, 2017 9:49 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Three renowned art fairs will take over the heart of Downtown Bellevue the last weekend of July, the 28-30. The Bellevue Downtown Association’s 6th Street Fair, the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, and the Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Artists have traveled from across the nation to showcase their original creations. But you won’t be traveling that far, so let King County Metro, Sound Transit or the HOV lane get you downtown! For specialized assistance planning your trip, feel free to get in touch with Choose Your Way Bellevue via email, info@CYWB.org.

Image thanks to: http://bit.ly/29qPnTp

Fair information:

The BAM ARTSfair, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum
Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The 6th Street Fair, Bellevue Connection (Northeast 6th Street and 106th Avenue Northeast)
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Cost Plus World Market parking lot (10300 Northeast Eighth St.)
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tips for riding transit to downtown Bellevue:

  • Carry your exact bus fare in cash or your ORCA card loaded with either a pass or e-purse. Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper, coin currency, and/or transit pass equal to or of greater value than the required fare. For fare information along your route and desired travel time follow this link: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/fares-orca.aspx.
  • Free fares for children: Up to four children ages five and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
  • All buses are by selecting ‘Accessible Trip’ in the advanced options of Trip Planner.
  • Plan your return trip: Plan ahead by locating the bay where you will wait to catch a bus back to the park and ride, as well as determining when the last bus leaves to get you there. Schedules will be posted at each bay to assist you.
  • Remember that the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride and Overlake Transit Center are both closed, but there are alternatives available.

Suggested Park and Ride Options for Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31:

The information below is specific to Saturday/Sunday operations. If you plan to utilize a park & ride lot on Friday you can expect more frequent service, an increased fare and fewer available parking spaces due to heavy commuter use. All suggested routes serve the Bellevue Transit Center for incoming and outgoing trips. For specific King County Metro bus schedules and more detailed information, please visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov and enter your preferred route number in the “Get a Timetable” box in the upper right corner. For Sound Transit routes (535, 550 and 560) visit soundtransit.org.

Park and Ride Most Direct Route Departure Information Return pick-up at the Bellevue Transit Center Additional route options  
Eastgate 
14200 SE Eastgate Way
Metro 271 Departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays Bay 5 Metro 240
Metro 241*
Metro 246*
ST 555*
ST 556*
 
Mercer Island
8000 N. Mercer Way
Sound Transit 550 Departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays Bay 1 n/a  
South Kirkland
10610 NE 38th Place
Metro 234 or 235 Departs every hour on Saturdays and Sundays Bay 10 Metro 249  
Overlake Park and Ride
2650 152nd Avenue NE
Metro B-Line Departs every 15 minutes Saturdays and Sundays Bay 3 Metro 249  
Kingsgate
13001 116th Way NE
 

Metro235

 
Kingsgate
13001 116th Way NE
Sound Transit 535** Departs every hour on Saturday    
 
             

**No Sunday service

BIKE

Please check the Bellevue Bike Map for information about biking in the Bellevue area. Bike racks are available throughout Downtown Bellevue; check out the downtown bike rack map to find one near Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend venues.

DRIVE

We recommend carpooling to those choosing to drive to the fair–more eyes to look for parking and someone to talk to about all great art! Stay up to date on traffic and closures from the City of Bellevue’s website.

We’ll see you at the fair!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, July 24th, 2017 3:57 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

From Franz Loewenherz, City of Bellevue Transportation Dept.

In 2016, road crashes resulted in 40,000 deaths and 4.6 million injuries in the United States. For young people under age 19, these collisions were the leading cause of death.

What if we could use technology to predict where vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists will occur, then take steps to prevent them? Would you want to help? Well, now you can.

This work is part of a multi-city, multi-organizational partnership called Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero. As indicated in this ITE Journal Article, this technology development partnership aims to use footage from traffic cameras across North America to “teach” computers how to recognize near-miss collisions. Data from these machine learning systems will allow transportation engineers to predict where crashes will occur and take proactive measures to prevent them.

The partnership invites public participation in the next project milestone – using crowdsourcing to analyze video and teach computers to identify a person in a wheelchair, on a bike or in a car, as well as patterns of movement in intersections. The more volunteers who take part, the better computers will learn to recognize near-miss collisions.

To participate visit: http://www.ite.org/visionzero/videoanalytics/

Here’s how it works: volunteers will view a short clip of a pre-recorded traffic scene, then label and track the movement of each person or vehicle within the screen. By doing so, the computer can begin to distinguish a person walking, biking, or using a wheelchair; a bus or car; then recognize patterns of near misses. Fair warning to potential volunteers – until you get accustomed to using the labeling tools, it may take you several minutes to complete the task – plan on at least five minutes or longer per task at the start. Once you master the image tracking tools, your speed will increase. You can submit just one task, or complete as many as you’d like. Volunteers are needed starting June 1.

For additional information on this partnership please contact Franz Loewenherz, project manager of the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership, at +1-425-452-4077 or floewenherz@bellevuewa.gov.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 3:05 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, like most American’s you might be struggling to find what more you can do to help the environment. You’ve might have started by getting a compost bin to start that garden mulch from your kitchen scraps. Maybe even buying more items that can be recycled and not thrown away. You’re also about 99% sure that every light bulb in your house is energy efficient (except for maybe that bathroom one) and you’ve bought extra blankets so you can keep that thermostat low. What else can you do? One overlooked way, which might be considered a pioneering discovery for those that have tried it and love it, and is yet the most effective way to help protect the earth and reduce global warming, is to try an alternative commute mode to driving alone.

Declaring June Ride Transit Month, Transportation Choices Coalition and other community partners along with bus drivers and riders will be encouraging people to ride public transit during the month of June to help cut individual costs, protect the environment and curb pollution.

Reduces greenhouse gas emissions

With traffic congestion getting worse in cities across the country, cars and light trucks now account for about 30 percent of air pollution nationwide. The average urban commuter is said to waste about 42 hours a year stuck in traffic. That’s an additional 42 hours of a mobile office, free of interruption, time spent watching your favorite show, catching up on that book you’ve been meaning to read, or even some extra shut eye (since we all know everyone could use some more of that).

Immediate saving activity

Switching to public transportation offers an immediate alternative for individuals seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints. The annual savings for an individual who switches to taking public transportation, on average, is more than $812 per month. Switching to transit is easily the most effective thing you can do to fight climate change and place more money and time in your pocket.

Students and families

For every mile not driven, approximately one pound of carbon dioxide is not emitted into the atmosphere. You can create your own “Act of Green” through personal action like:

  • Walking to school one day the week of April 22
  • Biking with another family
  • Carpooling with another family

Logging your trips on Choose Your Way Bellevue will help you keep track of your carbon footprint and how much your saving!

So, avoid the hassle and cost of parking and try taking the bus, light rail or start a vanpool and reap the many benefits, including reducing your carbon foot print.

Post photos of your Earth Day ride on Facebook and tweet them using hashtags #CYWBtransit and #BellevueEarthDay.

– Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Sandee

Friday, April 21st, 2017 2:42 PM | by Sandee Ditt | Add a Comment

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