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The Bike Everywhere Challenge is a fun and free competition to encourage your friends and colleagues to experience firsthand the joys and benefits of riding a bike.

REGISTER. IT’S FREE: Visit the lovetoride website and register by filling in the required information. Make sure to check the box that reflects how often you’ve ridden a bike in the last 12 months and click “NEXT”.

RIDE FOR 10 MINUTES OR MORE: In May, if you ride a bike anywhere for at least 10 minutes between May 1 and May 31, 2017, you can log your trip to be eligible for great prizes.

RECRUIT FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES: Send invites out to your coworkers and friends to form a Bike Team. Teams consist of up to 8 people, but teams of 10 are permitted if two members on the team are considered “new riders,” or riders who have only ridden a few times in the past year.

  • After you complete your registration, choose to donate or skip to the “My Profile” tab to Join a Bike Everywhere Challenge Team. On your profile below your name, you can Join an Organization or Join a Team. Click “Join a Team” – you will arrive at a page where you can choose one of three options:
  1. Start Your Own Team – set up a team with coworkers or friends
  2. Join an Existing Team – choose from a list of existing teams
  3. Skip this step – ride solo as a lone wolf
  • Create a Team: If you choose to Start Your Own Team, you will need to enter some information about your team: (Team name, Team description, Team category, Organization association, Team region (County). Click “Create Team.” Be sure to market the team to your colleagues and friends – this year’s competition emphasizes encouraging more participation. Teams can consist of up to ten individuals if two of them are new riders. Otherwise the team maximum size is capped at eight.

WIN GREAT PRIZES: The aim is to earn the most points by riding and getting others on your team to ride during Bike Month (May 1 – 31). 2017 prizes will be posted to the Bike Everywhere Challenge webpage. Point scoring is as follows:

  • 1 mile = 1 point
  • 1 day = 20 points
  • 1 existing rider = 50 points
  • 1 new rider = 200 points

Happy Riding!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Jacob

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 9:50 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

The time has come to change Just One Trip and get rewarded! Just One Trip could be the catalyst to change not only your commute, but your life. The average American spends nearly an hour commuting every day, and now’s your chance to reclaim that hour for you. Catch up on the news, take a nap, make new friends, or be the best dog-gone Bejeweled player there ever was.

Get on that bus. Join that carpool. Dust off that bike in your garage. Heck, that extra walk could do us all some good. To show you how much they believe in you, King County Metro will give you a One-Time $100 Emergency Ride Home credit to use with Uber, Lyft or taxi as well as a $25 reward when you take the plunge and log your trips and complete a follow-up survey. Enrollment closes March 31, 2017. Sign up today and start reducing your drive alone trips!

Already signed up? Make sure to log your trips to unlock your Follow Up Survey in the Community In Motion network!

Tell us your non-drive-alone commute story!

King County Metro wants to hear about your commute! Are you a sleek, spandex-wearing bike commuter? Are you a book-reading, back-of-the-bus rider? Maybe you’re a carpool DJ outside office hours. No matter your mode, send us a photo and a story of your commute to inspire others!

Disclaimer: By sending King County Metro your story you agree that your story and photo can be shared without limitations including but not limited to KBCS radio’s “Unmute the Commute” program.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Paige

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 12:36 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

Groups of two or more commuters who regularly drive together to participating park and rides may be eligible to apply for carpool parking permits. King County Metro and Sound Transit each own and operate distinct park and rides and each have similar HOV permit programs; pricing and eligibility vary depending on location.

Applicants will be required to register with basic contact information and ORCA card numbers, Vanpool ID, or RideshareOnline.com email account for each member of a carpool. Regular transit ridership is not required for initial issue of a permit, but once a permit is issued ORCA numbers, Vanpool, or RideshareOnline.com will be checked to verify regular transit ridership. At least two carpool members must average three days of ridership per week (12 days per month) to qualify for monthly permit renewals.

The King County Metro carpool parking permits are free and are available to carpoolers meeting vanpools, buses, trains or private carpools at Eastgate, Issaquah Highlands, Northgate, Redmond, South Kirkland, and South Renton.

The Sound Transit park and ride permits cost $5 per month and are available to carpoolers continuing on to catch a bus or train at Angle Lake Station, Auburn Station, Issaquah Transit Center, Kent Station, Puyallup Station, Sumner Station, Tukwila International Boulevard Station and Tukwila Sounder Station.

Still looking for a carpool partner? Search for your carpool partner here.

Learn more and apply now!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 10:16 AM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

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Just by being a part of the Choose Your Way Bellevue network, you’re also eligible to participate in a program brought to you by our partners at King County: Just One Trip – Community In Motion! September 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017 the Community In Motion team is asking the you to join in the community movement and further reduce your drive alone trips. Just one trip is all it takes to get started!

The Community in Motion program was created for those live, work or play—and travel—along the urbanized corridors of I-405 and I-90 in King County. All Bellevue workers and residents are eligible. Over the last two years, 10,000 participants have already joined the program. If you can further reduce your drive-alone travel, we invite you to join them and take a test ride. Start by changing “Just One Trip” from driving alone to riding the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, biking or walking. Our Choose Your Way Bellevue team is here to help you explore travel options in your community and find alternatives to driving alone.

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Benefits of participating in Community In Motion program include:

  • Monthly drawings for those who log their non-drive-alone trips.
  • One Emergency Ride Home credit .
  • A reward following completion of the program. (Rewards are only available while supplies last)

Ready to Give it a Try? Get started with the pre-survey today: click here.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Friday, September 23rd, 2016 4:13 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

Zipcar is a one-of-a-kind car sharing service that is just one of Downtown Bellevue’s many alternative transportation options. It allows users to reserve and check-out a vehicle anywhere from a week to an hour in advance. Zipcar can be used on its own or as a compliment to other modes, offering users more flexibility in their schedules while not having to rely on a personal vehicle. Additionally, it’s a great option for those who go to work at peak-time and take off-peak trips, when some transit routes have limited or suspended service.

Image thanks to Zipcar

Image thanks to Zipcar

Here’s how Zipcar works: Zipcar has ten cars available in Bellevue, all in Downtown . Users sign up online and pay an annual fee to become a member. Once a member, you’re given a membership card and gain access to 500+ vehicles in Downtown Bellevue, Downtown Redmond, and Seattle; and 10,000+ nationwide. This means you’ll be able to reserve a car near you and check it out for as long as you need, for an additional per-trip fee. You reserve cars via the Zipcar app or website and simply scan into the cars with your membership card. Zipcars are parked in garages, lots, and on the streets, so there is no need to go into a rental office or deal with keeping track of car keys which are left inside the vehicles. All gas, insurance, and 180 miles are included with all reservations; all you need to do is get the Zipcar back to the location where you picked it up for the next Zipcar member to use. Click here to learn about the fee structure.

Downtown Bellevue Zipcar locations are listed below. Click here for a map of locations. If you are using the map, choose Seattle (Puget Sound Region) and click on the icon over Bellevue to find all Zipcar locations in Downtown Bellevue. You can also type in Bellevue in the search bar in the top left. The locations are as follows:

Griffin Parking Lot
NE 8th St./ 110th Ave (10921 NE 8th St)

Key Bank Building
NE 4th Street and 106th PL NE

Skyline Tower Parking Garage
10900 NE 4th Street

989 Elements Parking Garage
989 Elements (989 112th Ave NE)

Zipcar Flexible: Zipcar has recently introduced a new version of their service called Zipcar Flexible, operating between Downtown Bellevue and Seattle. Unlike traditional Zipcar, these cars are one-way vehicles, meaning they do not need to be returned to their pick-up location. The service includes guaranteed parking on both ends of the trip, in both Downtown Bellevue and Seattle. Using the same reservation process as regular Zipcar, members can travel between the Eastside and west side, carpool back, ride transit back, or even stay there!

There are currently two Zipcar Flexible (one-way) locations in Downtown Bellevue:

Elements Parking Garage
989 Elements (989 112th Ave NE)

Griffin Parking Lot
NE 8th St./ 110th Ave (10921 NE 8th St)

These cars can be taken to multiple Seattle locations including Downtown, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, South Lake Union, Fremont, and West Seattle. These cars can also be taken one-way from Seattle to Bellevue.

Pricing per trip for these one way trips starts at $5, making it a comparable option to riding the bus, using a ride app such as Uber or Lyft, or another mode. Check out an example of how this service works by following this link: zipcar.com/flexible.

Try Zipcar: If you are interested in becoming a member you can download the Zipcar app to see Zipcar locations and availability, and be on the road within minutes. If you are interested in a business account for your company or department contact Zipcar at seattlemarketing@zipcar.com and mention Choose Your Way Bellevue to get set up with a free account (a $75 savings!).

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 6:23 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

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