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Posted on January 10, 2023

It’s App Time!

If you were ever wondering what it would be like to use the brand new Choose Your Way Bellevue app, “Commuter Carl” is here to help! In this blog post, we’ll dive into a week of commuting and how our brand-new app can help you with all of your Bellevue transportation needs:

Monday
•    Carl needed to take the bus to his hybrid job, so he pulled out his handy dandy app, selected “Actions” on the lower left, and clicked on the Puget Sound Trip Planner to plug in his origin, destination and timing information of find his bus route.
        
 



 
Then he used One Bus Away to find out when his bus would come!


Tuesday
•    Carl wanted to see what biking options were available to him, so clicked on Modes in the bottom menu and selected Bike. After scrolling down just a tiny bit, he saw a link to the most recent Bellevue Bike Map! He pulled up the map by clicking Download, and scrolled around to where he needed to go. This allowed him to successfully maneuver through Bellevue by learning where the city’s bikeways and lower-volume streets were located.



    
Wednesday
•    Carl was curious what carpooling tools were available to use in Bellevue. So he clicked on the bottom menu’s Modes icon again and then clicked “Share the Ride .”
•    By scrolling down just a little, he found the Choose Your Way Bellevue for ridematching, and an infographic telling him how to find a ridematch in the regional RideshareOnline system! He was able to find a carpool to his workplace to try out by the following Wednesday! 
      
Thursday
•    Carl works from home and checks on the status of the homepage thermometer, excited to know that he is doing his part to reach our goals
 


  
Friday
•    As Carl walks, he logs his trips for the week. With a single click he reaches the Choose Your Way Bellevue portal to RideshareOnline by clicking the “Log Trips” icon on the upper right of the app. He hadn’t logged trips in a while so he had forgotten his password, but it was easy to reset it using the app because RideshareOnline is mobile optimized.
      
 


 
•    Once he reset his password, he got busy doing something else and closed the app. Fortunately, his phone kept him logged in. So when he clicked on the app’s calendar icon again, he was immediately taken to the RideshareOnline home page/dashboard. With a click of the blue “Log Trips” button, he was off and running!



    
•    He now knows that he has an easy way to qualify for Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards for using modes other than solo driving, which he also knows helps ease strain on the transportation system. So handy!
 
These are just a few reasons why you should be like Commuter Carl, and download the Choose Your Way Bellevue app today, available on the App Store and Google Play!
 
-Choose Your Way staffers Alex and Jake

How to Log Trips and Earn Our Current Rewards

Posted on December 14, 2022

Welcome to the video series from Choose Your Way Bellevue in which we delve into our many different program offerings. Through this series you’ll get a quick understanding of how you can be rewarded for using greener modes of travel when possible, to help ease strain on our roadways so we can all get around more easily!

 

The Return-to-Travel Rewards

In this video, we will be discussing our latest incentive, called Return-to-Travel. This campaign brings new and exciting rewards for using modes other than solo driving as we get back to the roadways with increased travel to work and other community destinations.


There are several reward types. The first is called “Get Back on the Move.” Participants who log 25 days of non-drive-alone travel will receive a $50 guaranteed gift card reward. One reward is allowed per participant. Reward options help you get around or allow you to make good use of your time while someone else is driving. They are Hulu, Spotify, REI, Shell gas, ORCA and voucher for vanpool or added ORCA card fare.


The next reward type is “Stay on the Move.” For this one, participants who log eight days of non-drive-alone travel within a calendar month will be automatically entered into two drawings of a $25 gift card. The gift card options, again, include: Hulu, Spotify, REI, Shell, ORCA and a voucher for vanpool or added ORCA card fare.
The final reward is known as the “Super Traveler” reward. Participants who complete 50 days of non-drive-alone travel within each three-month period of the campaign, and who will submit 150-word travel stories (to be shared on Choose Your Way Bellevue platforms), will automatically be entered into a single drawing for a pair of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. They are valued around $500, and if you prefer you can opt for an equivalent gift card.

Using RideshareOnline

There are several steps you need to take in order to log your trips and earn rewards. I’ll quickly run through the necessary steps, starting with your login. On the web, go to our RideshareOnline.com portal at: ChooseYourWayBellevue.org/rewards, click on “Log Your Trips” in the top-left corner and enter your login information. Or, on our handy Choose Your Way Bellevue mobile app , click on the calendar icon on the upper right of the app home page; or go to “Actions” in the bottom menu and then click on “Log Trips.” If you do not yet have an account, you’ll need to set one up on this same login page.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll see the dashboard of RideshareOnline. From here, you’ll need to select “Calendar” on the left-hand side.


Once your reach the calendar, Select a trip mode from the options on the left, from “Carpool” to “Other.” For our purposes, we’ll be selecting the “Carpool” option.


A new window will pop up, where you’ll need to populate the information for your trip details. This includes purpose, persons, from location, to location, as well as indicating whether or not it’s a round trip. Once all of this information is in there, select “Continue.”


From there, select the days in which you’d like to log your specific type of trip. Once you click on the days, your trips will appear.


After you’ve logged your trips, you’ll need to submit requests for rewards. To start this process, select the “Rewards” drop-down menu on the left.


When you reach the needed progress for a certain reward, click on “Submit Request” and fill out the proceeding information to claim your prize.


If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us at info@cywb.org. 
Stay tuned for more vides and info from Choose Your Way Bellevue! For more information and to get started, go to www.ChooseYourWayBellevue.org/rewards.


-Choose Your Way staffer Alex
 

Biking in the Cold

Posted on November 17, 2022

As it continues to get colder, we'll continue giving you tips on ways you can commute! This week we are giving you some tips as you ride your bike this coming fall and winter.

 

Winter is here, and with it comes changing weather that can affect many aspects of your daily bike route. Rain makes roads slick and impacts visibility; the darker days can make it harder for drivers to see you; and snow – while it's fun to look at and play in – can drastically impact your day-to-day travel. Check out this Seattle Bike Blog post for some helpful advice on biking in the snow.

What to do: There are several ways to bike smarter and safer in the winter weather. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Reflective gear – Wearing reflective jackets, pants, tires, etc., is on the best ways to help people driving see you biking at night, no matter how dark the days get!
  • Bike lights – Attaching bike lights to your handlebars and helmets can improve your visibility! By law, bikes must have a steady white light on front (flashing white lights are prohibited) and red reflector on back when being used at night. Steady or red rear lights can also be used in addition to the reflector.
  • Planning your route is a great way to prepare for and make the most out of your commute. Check out Choose Your Way Bellevue's bike map, which features citywide and detail maps, safety tips, helmet fitting tips, updated tools, resources and a frequent transit service map – remember, buses are equipped with racks for three bikes.
  • Other rain-ready gear – Wearing a raincoat (and lots of layers) and using a bike seat cover are great ways to stay as dry as possible when biking in the rain. Check out this classic Seattle Bike Blog post for gear ideas.

Now that you've got some handy tips for commuting in the cold and rain, you're more prepared to get around on your bike!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Jake

 

Ridesharing in the Cold

Posted on October 24, 2022

With Fall officially kicked off, the leaves and temperature are starting to fall. What better time than now to dive into ways you can commute in the cold? This blog will be about how you can rideshare in the cold! 

 

 

Tips for the winter: Being on the road as it rains and gets colder can be difficult. Here are some tips for drivers of carpools and vanpools for when roadways are affected by winter or rainy conditions:

  • Drive slowly
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  • Increase your following distance to five or six seconds
  • Give yourself more time and space to stop
  • Have essentials packed in case of snow
  • Be wary of travelers who are harder to see on the roads at night
    • This could include individuals walking and biking
  • Remember that four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice
  • Do not use cruise control

How to get started: Choose Your Way Bellevue has the resources you need for starting and/or joining a carpool or vanpool. You can go here to get started. You can also check out this infographic to understand how to find a ridematch through Choose Your Way Bellevue's RideshareOnline portal.

 

CARPOOL

  • Traditional Carpooling - Ever notice the same cars next you on your commutes? There's a good chance someone near you shares a similar commute. Find them by setting up a free account within our Choose Your Way Bellevue portal to the RideshareOnline regional ridematching service. Or, talk to your worksite transportation coordinator; they might also be able to help match you with potential carpool mates.

VANPOOL

Vanpool Graphic

  • You, plus two can start a vanpool! 3-15 people decide on a schedule and share an agency-provided van
  • Fuel, maintenance, insurance, tolls, and some emergency rides home are all covered
  • Pay a shared monthly fare for the van, determined by the length of your trip, number of people in the van and number of commutes per week. Many employers fully or partially subsidize the fare.
  • To start or join a vanpool, find a ridematch by setting up a free account within our Choose Your Way Bellevue portal to the RideshareOnline regional ridematching service. Learn how to create a ridematch in RideshareOnline with this handy infographic. Or, learn more about vanpooling at King County Metro.
  • Looking to use a King County vanpool for free, for up to three trips? Fill out this form for the Ticket-2-Ride promotion! 

Now that you've been informed on tips for commuting in the cold, you're more prepared to take to the streets in your carpool or vanpool! Don't forget to check out the Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards program to find out what incentives you could win for logging your non-drive-alone trips!

 

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Jake

How the September Service Change Will Affect Bellevue Routes

Posted on September 14, 2022

With the September Service Change right around the corner, you’re probably wondering how bus routes running in Bellevue will be different. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s coming, starting on Saturday, Sept. 17.

King County Metro Routes in Bellevue

  • 214
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages.
  • 218
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages. Route will add the Eastgate Freeway station stop to the PM (eastbound) trips. 
  • 221
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages.
  • 249
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages. 
  • 250
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages. 
  • 255
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages. 
  • 257
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages. 
  • 271
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages.
  • 311
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages. 

Sound Transit Routes in Bellevue

  • ST 532
    • Updating schedule to reflect current travel times. Frequency reductions to operator shortage.
  • ST 535
    • Updating schedule to reflect current travel times. Frequency reductions due to operator shortage.
  • ST 542
    • Frequency reductions due to workforce shortage.
  • ST 545
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages.
  • ST 550
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages.
  • ST 556
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages. 
  • ST 560
    • Updating schedule to reflect current travel times.
  • ST 566
    • Frequency reductions to address workforce shortages.

For a full breakdown of the September service change check out King County’s and Sound Transit’s pages on the matter.

-Choose Your Way staffer Jake
 

 

Youth Ride Free!

Posted on August 30, 2022

Starting September 1, all youth in Washington will be able to ride transit for free (you read that right)!

orca graphic

Through Move Ahead Washington, riders statewide age 18 and younger can now hop on transit without spending a dime. Local transit agencies are still requesting that these riders tap an ORCA card when riding. Here’s what that entails (From King County Metro):

  • Riders age 13 and older are encouraged to show one  of the following to the driver, if they have it:
    • Youth ORCA Card
      • Please “tap” your card when you board. On Sound Transit light rail, please also “tap” when you exit.
      • If you kept the Youth ORCA card issued by your school during the 2021-22 academic year, it will continue to work through June 30, 2023.
    • Current High School or Middle School Student ID
  • Youth who do not have one of these can still ride for free, without tapping.
  • In 2023 and beyond, youth will be directed to get a Free Youth Transit Pass that allows them to tap a card—or eventually their smartphone—to access transit across the region for free.

For more information, please visit the myorca.com page on youth ride free.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex

 

Soaking in the Sun This Summer

Posted on August 19, 2022

Summer weather is finally here and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. It’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather! Here are just a few of the many fun things to do outside this summer:

walking
 

  • Trailhead Bus Routes
    • The sun is back and the weather is inviting us back outside! King County Metro offers Trailhead Direct bus routes that will take you directly to Mount Si and a couple more of your favorite nearby on weekends and holidays. These routes stop at Eastgate (Park-and-Ride) Freeway Station in Bellevue and are a great way to stay active this summer!
  • Biking Trails
    •  Want to explore all the wonderful biking trails in Bellevue and beyond? There are plenty of biking trails to check out; check out TrailLink’s webpage to see what’s right for you.
  • Enjoy the Parks
    • There are plenty of parks where you can enjoy the sunny weather in Bellevue. Check out the Bellevue parks page on the city’s website for a list!
  • Check Out a Free Concert While Riding Around Downtown!
    • Find a little rhythm and drown out the blues with Bellevue Beats, the Bellevue Downtown Association’s music series! Spanning July-September, it reignites Downtown's music scene with free concerts in the Heart of Bellevue. 
  • Log Your Trips and Get Rewarded
    • Don’t forget to log all of your non-drive-alone trips in Bellevue through our Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards program! You’ll be eligible to receive free gift cards and more!

These are just a couple of the many things that you can take part in this summer! Let us know of your favorite summer activity in the comments! 

-Choose Your Way staffer Jake
 

 

Earn Rewards by Choosing Alternatives to Solo Driving

Posted on July 21, 2022

As printed in the June 2022 edition of City of Bellevue’s publication It’s Your City

https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/city-managers-office/communications/its-your-city

As the pandemic recedes and more people head back to traditional offices, they
can save on gas by busing, carpooling and vanpooling, bicycling or walking. Choose
Your Way Bellevue, a city travel options program, has launched a “Return to Travel”
campaign to help.


By logging days of travel by modes other than solo driving at ChooseYourWayBellevue.
org/rewards, Bellevue travelers may be eligible for the following rewards (Telework
days do not count toward rewards).

  • Get Back on the Move: Log 25 days to receive a $50 reward (limit one per participant).
  • Stay on the Move: Log eight days in a calendar month to be entered into a drawing for a $25 reward (two recipients will be selected).
  • Super Traveler: Log 50 days of non-drive-alone travel in Bellevue in a three-month period and submit a 150-word story describing your experience. Stories will be entered in a drawing for a pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones 700, with charging case (or an equivalent gift card), a value of approximately $500.

Unless otherwise noted, reward options include Hulu or Spotify gift cards to enhance
the bus experience; REI gift cards to help with active transportation (biking or walking);
gas cards to help with carpooling; ORCA cards; and vanpool fares. Offers are valid
while supplies last.


Choose Your Way Bellevue promotes alternatives to driving alone for commutes and
other trips. Learn more at ChooseYourWayBellevue.org, including how to ride a bus;
vanpool and carpool partner matching; and personalized commute planning assistance. 

 

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMMUTE TRIP REDUCTION (CTR) PROGRAM

Posted on July 17, 2022

START at the top! Get your company’s management to buy into the benefits of CTR: less money on parking, more green points for your company, and a solid choice of transit benefits create happier, more productive employees. 

KNOW your acronyms! (There are so many!)

  • CTR: Commute Trip Reduction
  • ETC: Employee Transportation Coordinator
  • TDM: Transportation Demand Management
  • TMP: Transportation Management Plan
  • Non SOV: -Single Occupant Vehicle

DESIGNATE a company Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) who has excellent people and management skills who can develop, implement and monitor a successful CTR program. Make sure the ETC is registered for training courses (provided by the City of Bellevue) so he/she can understand the need and benefits a solid CTR program can provide to both the company and its employees.

CHOOSE YOUR OFFERINGS! Complete CTR/ETC training and decide what benefits work best for employees at your company: 

•    Transit/ORCA Pass
•    Ride Matching
•    Car or Vanpools
•    Cycling
•    Compressed Workweek
•    Parking Payout
•    Telecommuting/Remote Work
•    All of the Above!

IMPLEMENT & MARKET! Once you decide what CTR elements your company will offer employees, it’s time to implement! Create a webpage, a brochure or a flyer of benefits offered. Orient employees – especially those newly-hired – per the CTR benefits our company offers. Consider hosting transportation fairs.  Send timely emails about various non-Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) options, and more! The more you promote your CTR program, the more your employees will enjoy the benefits offered and your company will attract and retain the best and the brightest, while cutting down on expensive parking use, helping to ease traffic congestion and lessen pollution.  

STAY IN TOUCH & INFORMED! Join CTR/ETC groups in and around the Puget Sound area. There are many to choose from. Also be sure to utilize the Choose Your Way Bellevue site for the latest information on all forms of non-SOV travel, CTR/ETC updates, models & resources to help promote your program and more!

AND FINALLY! Prepare, prepare, prepare for your company’s biannual employee survey and program report.  The company-wide survey can seem a daunting task initially, but it is completely doable and the information your company gains from the survey results is invaluable. You’ll get a notice 45-days prior to the survey, then set the start date of the survey, and have two weeks to reach the return rate goal of 70%.  In a nutshell, the better your survey return rate, the more knowledgeable you’ll be about your program’s successes and areas that may need improvement. 

And last but not least, thank you for your role in helping KEEP BELLEVUE MOVING!!

 

-Choose Your Way staffer Alison

 

Your Travel Guide to Bellevue Family 4th

Posted on June 30, 2022

The annual Bellevue Family 4th event is back and in full force! Below are some tips and info about how you can get to the event! 


Fireworks


Bus & Walk - Take the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center, walk directly west on the pedestrian corridor (Northeast Sixth Street) to Bellevue Way, and walk two blocks south to get to the Downtown Park. For a walking map, use a Choose Your Way Bellevue Downtown Pedestrian Guide.

Carpool - Make the most of the open seats in your car, grab some friends and head to the free parking that is available after 5 p.m. at The Bellevue Collection properties (Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square North, Lincoln Square South and Bellevue Place). Keep in mind the Main Street Bridge is under construction and cannot be used.  

Cycling - Utilize the high-comfort bike lanes southbound on 108th Avenue and westbound on Main Street to get to Bellevue Downtown Park.  Keep in mind the Main Street Bridge is under construction and cannot be used. Use the Bellevue Bike map ( or the bike icon on Google Maps to help plan your bike trip. Check out the Downtown Bike Parking and Amenities Map for bike parking locations.


-Choose Your Way staffer Jake

 

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