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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

Get your bike out of the garage, you’ll soon be biking around Bellevue in style! Read on to learn about the City Council nod in favor of a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway for all.

City of Bellevue Bikeway Demonstration Project Mockup

From BellevueWa.gov: During Monday night’s study session, the City Council reviewed plans and voiced strong support for a demonstration bikeway downtown. All six council members in attendance backed the project on 108th Avenue Northeast as a significant step toward making Bellevue streets safer for the growing number of people who want to ride bikes and walk in the city.

The north-south bikeway will be located between Northeast 12th and Main streets. Plans call for the project to open in May, with an evaluation period running through the end of the year. During that time, modifications to the temporary, low-cost installation may be made to make it perform better.

Project features will include bike lanes on both sides of the street, with barriers separating the lanes from vehicle traffic in some locations. Still in the design stage, the budget for the demonstration project is expected to be in the range of $300,000 to $400,000. It will be funded by the 2016 Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy.

Public outreach efforts for the bikeway project included an open house, “pop-up” street events, presentations to organizations and an online survey that generated 1,260 generally positive responses.

Developing priority bike corridors in Bellevue has been a staple in the city’s long-range planning efforts, such as the Comprehensive Plan and several pedestrian and bicycle planning documents. Read the agenda memo for more details.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 4:37 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Beginning September 2018, the Rainier Freeway Station will be closed due to East Link light rail construction on the Judkins Park Station. The following routes will be affected until operation begins in 2023:

Sound Transit: 550 and 554
King County Metro: 111, 114, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219

While these routes will continue to serve downtown Seattle, they will either bypass the Rainer Freeway Station or serve stops at different locations on Rainier Avenue. Routes that serve Rainier Avenue from the Eastside will exit I-90 at Rainier, and continue downtown via surface streets. There will be no changes to bus routing on the Eastside.

To learn about the changes to I-90 routes and to plan ahead, go here.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 2:46 PM | by admin | 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!

We’ve been talking about the SR 520 bridge and its trail for almost three years, but now the big day has finally come.  As of Wednesday, the walking and biking trail is now open for active transportation.

Choose Your Way Bellevue celebrated with Washington State Department of Transportation, Cascade Bicycle Club and a couple hundred area riders!  We set up our tent near the Evergreen Point Park and Ride on the east side of the bridge and gave out hot chocolate, commemorative pins, and bike lights!

 

This important connection will save plenty of time and miles for those who don’t want to go all the way south to the I-90 bridge or north around the top of Lake Washington. The 520 trail feels downright palatial with its 14-foot width (although watch out for the expansion joints, as they can be a bit bumpy on skinny tires).

For more photos from the event, check out the album on Facebook, and don’t forget that you can always follow us on Instagram too!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 21st, 2017 3:46 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

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