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Did you know that you can have a chance to earn awesome rewards just by logging your commute? Just by signing up for Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards and logging eight non-drive alone commute trips a month you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 REI gift card!

Gwen is our November Mover of the Month and carpools regularly from her home in Kent to Downtown. By choosing to carpool, Gwen has been able to catch up on her favorite audio books, and it almost sounds like she enjoys sitting in traffic!

Here’s what Gwen shared with us:

For most of 2018, I have been working at the eBay Bellevue offices and carpooling with a partner that I met through RideshareOnline. It made the trip from home to work much quicker and cost effective. We started listing to podcasts, but soon shifted to books on audio and discovered a shared appreciation for the fantasy, mystery, and horror. We listened to The Haunting of Hill House and most of The Dresden Files. Instead of being stressful, when there’s a lot of traffic it became an opportunity to hear more of the book that we’d only listen to while commuting together–a nice compensation.

But why the cutesy picture of jewelry instead of a carpool photo?  Well Gwen told us that in her personal life, she enjoys making chainmail jewelry as a part-time business and that carpooling has been an “Important Link” in her life.  Too clever! We love it Gwen!

And remember, you can learn more about Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards, including the Monthly Perks Program and 25 win $25 Drawing!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Friday, December 14th, 2018 10:56 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

EDITORS NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2019.

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 the brand new Industrious coworking space and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Complimentary Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Program: Noon – 1 p.m.

Industrious Office: Coworking Space
500 108th Ave NE, Suite 1100
Bellevue, WA 98004

City Center Bellevue is adjacent to the Bellevue Transit Center. Paid visitor parking is available at City Center Bellevue and other downtown locations. For questions, please email info@cywb.org.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2019.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 4:19 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

Downtown Demonstration Bikeway:

Earlier this summer, the City of Bellevue opened the Downtown Demonstration Bikeway along 108th Avenue Northeast from Main Street to Northeast 12th Street. This almost one-mile-long corridor features bike facilities on both sides of 108th Avenue Northeast and provides a safer and more comfortable option than riding in the main travel lanes for people who bike in Bellevue’s busiest neighborhood.

The bike lanes feature painted buffer areas, curb and post dividers, and planter boxes to separate people bicycling from vehicle traffic. Green pavement markings highlight turn lanes, driveways, and other places where people bicycling and driving may cross paths. View the Downtown Demonstration Bikeway Brochure for an overview and block-by-block detail of the infrastructure used in the design.

The bikeway officially opened on Tuesday, July 31 with a Grand Opening Celebration that included speakers from the City of Bellevue, the Bellevue Downtown Association, HNTB, and King County Metro. More than 400 interested residents and employees came out to celebrate with community partners from all over the Eastside.

Watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony video from Bellevue Television below:

Bike Share Launches in Bellevue:

Bike share officially launched in Bellevue on the same day with fifty bikes and free helmets for people who attended the celebration event. The system has already grown to nearly two hundred bikes available across town, and up to four hundred are currently allowed under the City’s rules. The City of Bellevue does not own or operate the system, but it regulates how private companies can use public streets and sidewalks to provide bike share services. Lime is the only permitted vendor under a pilot program that will last one year and will be evaluated over the coming months. Lime uses free-floating “dockless” bikes like those available in Seattle since summer 2017.

One unique feature to Bellevue’s pilot is that all bicycles are electric-assist, or e-bikes. While slightly more expensive per ride than normal bikes, e-bikes provide a boost while pedaling to help overcome hills and make the service easier to use for more people.

To help combat sidewalk clutter, the city has designated preferred parking areas, called “bike hubs,” conveniently located along sidewalks around Downtown. The hubs are painted areas that encourage riders to park in places that are out of the way to help keep sidewalks clear for people walking. More bike hubs are coming soon to Downtown and other neighborhoods, including Factoria and Crossroads.

Do you have general questions about bike share (What is it? How do you use it? How much does it cost?) or even more technical questions (Where can I park it? Steps to report an issue)? Then check out the very helpful Bike Share Frequently Asked Questions page.

With the downtown bikeway opening, bike share launch, and a number of Transportation Levy Projects focused specifically on improving bicycle facilities, 2018 is truly shaping up as the “Year of the Bicycle” in Bellevue. See you in the bike lanes!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

Friday, August 24th, 2018 10:10 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

By David Grant, Transportation Public Information Officer  (Reprinted from City of Bellevue publication It’s Your City, June 2018”)

With a boost from the 2016 voter-approved Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy, 2018 is shaping up as Bellevue’s year of the bike.

Crews will add about 19 miles of new bike lanes citywide, compared with 8.5 miles last year and 2.6 miles in 2016. In addition, several regional projects are providing new links to neighboring cities. Here are some highlights:

Regional trail network

In May, the state Department of Transportation hosted a celebration for the State Route 520 Trail, which opened last December. Through May 13 this year, more than 70,000 bicyclists and pedestrians crossed the floating bridge on the new east-west regional connection.

Plans call for King County in late June to officially open 2.7 miles of pedestrian-bicycle trail in Bellevue, part of the Eastside Rail Corridor that stretches from Renton north to Woodinville. On the city’s south end, the interim gravel trail runs between the Renton border and Newcastle Beach Park; on the north end, the segment runs between the Kirkland border and the BelRed area.

Later this year, work is expected to start on $17.5 million worth of improvements to fill a gap in the Mountains to Sound Greenway along Interstate 90 in Bellevue, another east-west regional trail.

Downtown bike projects

A demonstration bikeway will be installed on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th Street to Main Street. It will be the first pair of bike lanes that run the length of downtown. The levy funded project is expected to be completed in early July.

Other downtown-area improvements to the bicycle network include another levy project to improve bicycling on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th to 24th street, as well as projects on: 108th Avenue Southeast, Main Street to Bellevue Way; 112th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th Street to the Kirkland border; and 112th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Eighth to 10th Street.

Citywide bike share system

People already are pedaling green, orange and yellow bicycles to Bellevue but this summer, the city will unveil a pilot permit system for regulating private bike share companies that want to operate in Bellevue.

The new right of way permits will require bike share companies to provide electric bikes only, limit the number of bikes to a total of 400 to start and place restrictions on where the bikes can be left.

Eastgate projects

A slew of improvements this year will focus on the Eastgate area. Several bike lanes will be created through simple, inexpensive restriping to be completed as part of the city’s annual overlay program. Here’s the rundown: Southeast 38th Street, from the I-90 Overpass to 154th Avenue Southeast; and Southeast 38th Street, from the 14700 block to Allen Road (Levy project).

In addition: Eastgate Way, Richards Road to 160th Avenue Southeast; Newport Way Southeast near 150th Avenue Southeast; 139th Avenue Southeast, from Eastgate Way to Kamber Road (Levy project); and 142nd Avenue Southeast, from Southeast 36th to 32nd street (also a Levy project).

In the Lake Hills neighborhood, crews will improve 156th Avenue Southeast, from Southeast 22nd Street to Lake Hills Boulevard.

Editor’s Note:  Join the City of Bellevue and Choose Your Way Bellevue to celebrate the opening of the 108th Demonstration Bikeway project on Tuesday, July 31 from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  See the Event Flyer for more details.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 2:19 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

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