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It’s easy to see the correlation between not exercising and looking silly on your hiking date or not flossing and emitting potent halitosis, but less obvious is the correlation between your daily commute and your health and wellbeing.

Before you go checking WebMD and discover that you need to amputate a limb, it’s important to remember that there are many variables to consider when evaluating your commute. Depending on how and how far you travel each day, your risks may be different. For example, traveling more than ten miles each direction is associated with high blood sugar; commute distance is also related to blood pressure and body mass index. Not to mention the prolonged exposure to air pollution and the risk of lung diseases, heart attack, and stroke.

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Image thanks to: erwinwurm.at

Even depression, anxiety, and social isolation are greater risks for those driving to and from work alone. Psychologists have found that mental health issues are a result of not just earth-shattering events, but also minor emotional experiences can manifest into negative psychological expression up to ten years later.

 

 

It has also been found that a commute of more than 45 minutes is correlated with lower sleep quality and more exhaustion than those with shorter commutes. Issues stemming from of lack of sleep are myriad, including an effect on attention, long-term memory, impulse behavior, lower immunity, and other problems.

However, not all hope is lost. If you a part of a carpool, vanpool or vanshare, that social time is thought to be having a positive effect on your health and wellbeing in the long term.

He takes the bus. Image thanks to: rollingstone.com

He takes the bus. Image thanks to: rollingstone.com

If you choose to ride your bike to work you’ll not only save money, but you’ll reap the health benefits of a regular exercise regime and reduce negative impacts on the environment.

Taking the bus can also be a cost-effective and stress-free way to commute. All that time you’d be focused on the road you could be reading, dozing, or maintaining a celebrity-sized social media presence. Busing also has positive health benefits, because even though you may walk just a few hundred yards to the nearest stop, that adds up over the week. In fact, even standing and balancing on the bus is considered a core workout (goodbye belly, hello abs!).

Don’t forget that combining modes may be your best bet for your commute.

If you’d like help planning your new commute don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 11:11 PM | by Paige Anderson | Comments Off on Commute Consequences

With so many transit resources available it can be hard to know where to begin! Especially for those with specific needs it can be especially challenging to find information. Below are some basics to get started; and remember King County Metro, Sound Transit, and Choose Your Way Bellevue are always available to assist you.

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For those with disabilities: All regular Metro and Sound Transit services are designed to be as inclusive as possible, and service animals are always welcomed aboard. All Sound Transit services and facilities are 100% Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and all light rail facilities feature level-boarding platforms for easy roll-on access.

Those with specific needs that preclude them from using the regular service may choose to utilize Metro’s Access Transportation which takes riders anywhere served by bus, streetcar or light rail. For those who meet ADA eligibility requirements, Metro’s Paratransit services may also be utilized. To qualify for such services users much verify their eligibility. Call (206) 263 3113 to speak with someone about your eligibility, or click here. metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/accessible/pdf/AccessRideGuide.pdf

Image thanks to King County Metro

Image thanks to King County Metro

Reduced Fare: To receive a reduced fare ORCA Lift card (good for both Sound Transit and Metro), riders must verify their income by visiting one of the enrollment locations (list here: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/orca-lift/enrollment-locations.html) or by bringing the appropriate paperwork to an ORCA To Go event. Be aware though that the hours of operation for enrollment locations are not standardized. Once received, the ORCA Lift card is valid for two years, regardless of an increase in income, and may be used on Metro, Kitsap, and Sound Transit buses, Sound Transit light rail and Sounder trains, King County Water Taxi, and the Seattle Streetcar. To check your eligibility call (206) 553-3000 or (800) 756-5437 or click here.

Senior/Disabled and Youth ORCA cards can reduce fare costs as well. To find out about eligibility requirements click here. Adult and Youth cards are available by mail; other cards are available in person and require proof of eligibility. For more information about obtaining ORCA cards click here.

Non-English Resources: We recognize the current and growing need for resources in additional languages. At the bottom of both Metro and Sound Transit webpages, a language preference may be selected for viewing online resources. For help planning trips or other information Metro’s Customer Service line can be reached at (206) 553 3000. By pressing “1” for an interpreter, callers may discuss their inquiry in over 200 languages. The City of Bellevue’s number for language assistance is (425) 452 6800.

No matter how you utilize your transit options, transit agencies always welcome your feedback, particularly if there is a way for these agencies to better serve those with specific needs. You can contact Sound Transit, King County Metro, or Choose Your Way Bellevue.

Editor’s Note: All information compiled from Sound Transit and King County Metro. For specific questions please email info@cywb.org or Sound Transit and King County Metro.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 9:57 PM | by Paige Anderson | Comments Off on Access: Metro and Sound Transit are here to help!

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