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Great news! For a limited time, King County Metro is sponsoring carpooling trips for all King County commuters! This means lower costs when you ride, and an even higher reimbursement when you drive, plus bonuses when you refer a friend.

With this special incentive and flexible, easy-to-use carpooling apps, upgrading your commute is easier than ever. Just follow these four steps:

  1. Download a participating free carpool app (Scoop or Waze Carpool).
  2. Enter your trip locations and times.
  3. Get matched with neighbors or co-workers going your way.
  4. Book a ride and enjoy the benefits.*

Learn more at kingcounty.gov/carpool

*Service areas, pricing, and features vary across apps.

Get ready for the upcoming State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. Avoid the stress of driving alone and get in the carpool lane!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 13th, 2018 2:46 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

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

Fireworks Show

Downtown Bellevue is thrilled to welcome you and your family for our Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk and Bellevue Family 4th events!  Getting around may be a challenge especially if you’re driving.  Below are some tips and tricks for beating the crowds and making your commute in an easy one! Just looking for a map? Click here.

Read on about directions and parking for the Dog Jog and Family 4th.

 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.
  • 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.

Be Aware

  • Westbound Northeast First Street will be closed between 100th and 102nd Avenue Northeast from 1 p.m. to midnight;
  • Before the fireworks, starting about 9:30 p.m., streets closed to vehicle traffic will include: Northeast Fourth Street, 100th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast; Northeast First Street, 100th to 103rd Avenue Northeast; and 100th Avenue Northeast, Northeast First to Northeast Fifth Street;
  • After the fireworks, restrictions will include: right turns prohibited from northbound 100th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Eighth Street, and from eastbound Northeast 10th Street to all side streets between 100th Avenue Northeast and Interstate 405; access to northbound I-405 from Northeast 10th Street will be via southbound 116th Avenue Northeast, then westbound Northeast Eighth Street;
  • After the event, left turns will be prohibited from southbound Bellevue Way to eastbound Northeast Fourth Street; drivers headed to I-90 or I-405 may continue south on Bellevue Way.

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 the festivities.

DRIVE

We recommend carpooling to those choosing to drive to the event. Stay up to date on traffic and closures from the City of Bellevue’s website.

Read here for more information from the City of Bellevue about getting to and from the festivities.

We’ll see you there!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 3:45 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Augusta is the Bellevue Downtown Association Membership Director and occasionally commutes with Patrick, who is the Bellevue Downtown Association President.  Here is her experience using Scoop, a new carpool app that launch on the Eastside this year:

We’d been carpooling occasionally for a few months – maybe once a week. It was easy to coordinate since Patrick works in the same office as I do. We’d coordinate the night before an early meeting or if I had bused in the morning and was working late, occasionally he’d drive me home. My house is on the way home for him – and he claims he doesn’t mind the company.

When we heard Scoop was launching we thought we’d give it a go to see how the system worked, whether we’d get matched and how much the trip would cost for me and how much I’d be paying him.

We both downloaded the app, and set up our profiles. It was pretty easy to set up – it just asked for my name, phone number, email address and employer in case my employer had a subsidy program. Even though I’d been a rider, I signed up to be a driver too and that took about 60 seconds. I put in my car’s make and model, year, color, license plate and driver’s license number and I was approved within five minutes. Easy-peasy. I even added a picture of myself so my profile felt complete.

So the next evening by 9:00 p.m. we scheduled our carpool for the next morning. Here are the steps I took to schedule:

  • I selected if I would ride or drive
  • I selected the 15-minute window I’d prefer to be picked up (between 8:00-8:15)
  • Patrick did the same
  • Then by 9:15 p.m. I received a notification that I’d be carpooling with Patrick and to be outside my house by 8:15. I could click on the ride and it showed a route that Patrick might take, and what time he’d be estimated to be at my house. I could message him through the app, and call if needed.

We had both previously opted to “favorite” each other’s profile so we wanted to see if that would mean we’d automatically match. It’s early on in Scoop’s Bellevue launch – but sure enough, our times and carpool matched up. My trip cost me $4 and he made $3. The best part was he was finally getting paid for these trips!

Either of us could also have opted to use Scoop to carpool home with a different carpool partner, but Patrick had a later meeting and I was meeting up with a friend so we made it home with different modes. The flexibility was nice! I think if I continue I’ll prefer using Scoop for the morning commute. Have you tried it yet? What did you think?

-Augusta, Downtown Bellevue Commuter and Honorary Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Learn more about Scoop and other ridematching apps on the CYWB Apps & Technology page.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 3:13 PM | by augusta | Add a Comment

2018: The Year of Carpool

Payments to drivers are considered reimbursements for expenses, and thus these tools do not entail ride-for hire services; reimbursements to drivers do not exceed the Internal Revenue Service per-mile limits.

Dynamic Carpool apps available in Bellevue:

iCarpool and Scoop are dynamic carpooling apps available to Bellevue and surrounding areas in 2018. These apps are working make the jump into dynamic carpooling as smooth and approachable as possible. iCarpool is an existing Pacific Northwest product attached to the functionality and perks of RideShareOnline.com. It allows riders and drivers to make a carpool arrangement for a particular trip with their match in a matter of minutes, and operates based on established pickup and dropoff locations for efficiency of travel. These locations are revealed to you upon use of the app. Note: iCarpool’s user base is still growing. Sign up to increase the critical mass of users!

Scoop is launching in Bellevue on Jan. 29. While new to the Eastside, the app has already found success in the Bay Area and Seattle. Scoop is focused on commuting and requires that you arrange your morning commute the night before and arrange your evening commute in the afternoon the day of, allowing wiggle room those with flexible schedules. Note: The app will be new, so sign up to increase the critical mass of users! The pool of users will also include employees of some Eastside employers through arrangements with Scoop.

You can find links to both apps on our Choose Your Way Bellevue Apps & Technology page, or check out the Traditional Ridematching options.

Let us know in the comments section how the programs are working for you!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer, Melissa

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 12:30 PM | by Melissa Torres | Comments Off on New Year, New Commute!

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