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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

This April is Ride Transit Month and we are encouraging those who have not used transit before to Try Transit On Us and Report Back on your Ride. To help you get started, we are offering preloaded $25 ORCA cards to the first 100 new transit riders* to apply. Whether you want to commute to the office, ride to the Bellevue Collection for shopping and dining, bus to Seattle for a Mariners game or if you want to try the Sound Transit 560 or light rail to the airport, we have your first trips covered.

What are you waiting for? You can register between March 8th and April 7th here for your preloaded $25 ORCA card. We will then review your application and if approved, we will send you an ORCA card within seven business days.

After you try it on us, earn another $25 towards your transit trips and even another chance at a $50 iTunes gift card! There are so many perks to trying transit this spring!

  • Share an image with us from your transit travels, along with a short story by emailing by May 7th.
  • Log at least four transit trips during the month of April on the Choose Your Way Bellevue trip-logging calendar system to be eligible for Transportation Choices Coalition’s Ride Transit Promotion Ride Transit Promotion, a $500 Amex gift card**! If you want a chance to win even more prizes you can also log your trips directly in the Ride Transit Month promotion, but be sure to continue logging in Choose Your Way Bellevue too. Be sure to log your April trips by May 7th.
  • By logging your trips in Choose Your Way Bellevue you’ll also be entered into the Choose Your Way Bellevue monthly drawings.

Complete the above and we will send you a $25 voucher to reload your ORCA card to keep it moving! All submissions will also be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 iTunes gift cards to keep you entertained on your bus travels.

For more details and a complete set of rules here.

*New users include any Choose Your Way Bellevue participant who has not used transit in the past 90 days, is not eligible for an employer ORCA Passport benefit, and has not received an ORCA card from a past Choose Your Way Bellevue, On The Move Bellevue or Downtown Bellevue on the Move promotion or campaign.

Limit two per household and one per email address.

**This post was updated on April 6, 2016, with the correct grand prize.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 10:30 PM | by Jason Hampton | Comments (2)

If you’re like me, you love seeing how you’re stacking up in savings. When it comes to my commute, it doesn’t make me happier to know that I saved more than $400 in a month from not driving my car alone. Logging my trips on the Choose Your Way Bellevue network (or for some of you) has been a great tool for me to see how much I’m saving in gas and cash and see my impact on the environment through CO2 savings. Not to mention those trips add up to more than good data. Logging trips on the calendar could qualify someone for a monthly Perk, entrance into a drawing or a reward.

Whether you’re already in the program but haven’t started logging or haven’t signed up yet, here is a quick glimpse of the Choose Your Way Bellevue calendar and how to log a trip. (Click to make it bigger!)

How to log a trip!

It couldn’t be simpler. But if some issues occur, Choose Your Way Bellevue staff are just an email or phone call (425-283-1357) away to help you. What do you look forward to when you log trips?

–Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Geri

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 2:30 AM | by geri | Comments (2)

Choose Your Way Bellevue had a terrific year because of your travel choices!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Your decisions to incorporate transportation alternatives to your weekly routine is paying off. Bellevue is experiencing real benefits to our environment (and our commuters’ pocket books!). Check out the numbers below logged by Bellevue workers, residents and students in their calendars:

  • You logged 8.8 million miles traveled without driving alone in a car.
  • You kept 4.9 million lbs of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere.
  • You saved, in sum $1.9 million in auto-related expenses like fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle by taking drive-alone alternatives.
  • Of the nearly 700,000 trips you took in 2015, the most popular mode was by far on transit, followed closely by carpooling.
Choose Your Way Bellevue 2015 Trips

Choose Your Way Bellevue 2015 Trips

If your New Year’s Resolution is to save money, reduce your travel and financial stress or help the environment by reducing your carbon emissions, Choose Your Way Bellevue is here to help you make the travel choice that is right for you.

Fill out a quick trip planning inquiry and our staff will create a customized plan just for you – whether it’s via transit, bike or help finding a carpool or vanpool partner, we’re here for you.

Thanks for a great 2015, and here’s to a 2016 with full vanpools, happy transit riders and healthy choices by foot and by bike!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Augusta

Friday, January 8th, 2016 5:37 PM | by augusta | Add a Comment

We know it can be a little daunting finding a person to share the ride with. Did you know you can actually search for ride matches through On The Move Bellevue? Several ride match searches are conducted every day with about 40,000 ride match searches conducted in the year so far. More than 80 percent of searches have generated at least one result. If you’re looking for a ride match partner here’s how to start a ride match inquiry. If you have any questions feel free to email Choose Your Way Bellevue.



Friday, December 11th, 2015 12:58 AM | by geri | Add a Comment




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