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Stay Active This Summer in Bellevue

Posted on July 22, 2021

downtown park

 

The state is open. We’ve been stuck inside for over a year, and now it’s summertime. Time to get outside and enjoy the weather! Wondering what activities you can do? Look no further. We’ve collected a few fun things to do in the sunshine.

  • Trailhead Bus Routes
    • Now that Washington state is open and the sun is shining, it’s a great time to get outdoors! King County Metro offers Trailhead Direct bus routes that will take you directly to a couple of your favorite Pacific Northwest hikes 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
    • Why not take your bike out and ride on some great PNW trails this summer? There are plenty of biking trails to tackle; check out TrailLink’s webpage for ideas.
  • 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!
  • Free Movies in Downtown and Crossroads Parks
    • Take a group bike ride with you friends, walk, bus or carpool to check out an outdoor movie on the big screen!
    • From the City of Bellevue: Movies in the Park are back at the Downtown Park on Tuesday, Aug. 10 and 17, and Crossroads Park on Thursday, Aug. 12 and 19, with seating starting at 7:30 p.m. and movies beginning at dusk. Learn more at the city’s webpage.
  • 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 new (and biggest ever) music series! Spanning April through fall, 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 branded merchandise.

These are just a handful of exciting outdoor activities to participate in this summer in Bellevue, with ideas to make it easier to get there in a greener way. We hope this helps keep your summer busy!


-Choose Your Way staffer Alex
 

 

Ride Transit Month Recap – Metro Ridership in 2021 Thus Far

Posted on June 30, 2021

We hope you enjoyed celebrating Ride Transit Month this June! Curious to know how Metro ridership has changed since 2021 began? Lucky for you, we checked into King County Metro’s The Dash and came up with some key takeaways below.

 

metro ridership june 2021 graph
*All information in graph pulled from King County Metro’s “The Dash” page and shows only KCM data.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Metro’s countywide  ridership rose steadily since the beginning of the year, growing from 132,847 average weekday boardings in January to 155,065 average weekday boardings in May
  • Average weekday boardings have remained fairly steady between April and May 2021, ranging from 153,504 to 155,065
  • As Washington State began to open back up, ridership increased on Metro vessels

Still, ridership has decreased overall since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping significantly from a high point of 466,585 average weekday boardings in February of 2020. However, Metro is  seeing a steady rise in ridership in the last few months that will hopefully continue as things return closer to normal and transit returns to full capacity.

For more information on this topic, please visit Metro’s rider dashboard here.

 

-Choose Your Way staffer Alex
 

 

 

Downtown Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks Celebration - and How to Get There

Posted on June 25, 2021

Source: City of Bellevue

Photo Source: City of Bellevue

This year’s show, the first public event in the city since March 2020, will look different than past Independence Day celebrations. The Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks (not the Family 4th) will not include entertainment, live music or other activities before or after the show. However, it will include a “can’t miss” fireworks show at the Downtown Park. To help everyone get to and from the event more easily, Choose Your Way Bellevue encourages you to take a transportation mode other than driving alone to the festivities.


Transit

We recommend taking transit to the Bellevue Transit Center. It is a transit hub and just a short walk down the pedestrian corridor to the Downtown Park for the fireworks at the 4th of July Fireworks Show.


Cycling

There are stations to park and lock bikes at Bellevue Downtown Park! Take a look at the Bellevue Bike Map as well as Google Maps (click the cycling icon with the directions function) to plan your route.


Carpool/Driving

Complimentary event parking is provided courtesy of The Bellevue Collection and offered after 7 p.m. at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square North, Lincoln Square South, and Bellevue Place. Disabled parking is located in the Red Lot off 100th Avenue Northeast. For an efficient post-event exit, park at the Bellevue Place garage and exit via Northeast 10th Street.

  • Westbound Northeast First Street will be closed between 100th and 102nd Avenues Northeast from 6 p.m. to midnight.
  • Eastbound Northeast Fourth Street will be closed at 100th Avenue Northeast 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Before the fireworks, starting about 9 p.m., streets closed to vehicle traffic will include: Northeast Fourth Street from 100th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast; Northeast First Street from 100th Avenue Northeast to 103rd Avenue Northeast; and 100th Avenue Northeast from Northeast First Street to Northeast Fifth Street.
  • After the fireworks, restrictions will include the prohibition of right turns from northbound 100th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Eighth Street, and from eastbound Northeast 10th Street to all side streets between 100th Avenue Northeast and Interstate 405.
  • Drivers on Northeast 10th Street heading to Interstate 405 should continue east, turn right on 116th Avenue Northeast, then right on Northeast Eighth Street and follow the signs for I-405 ramps.


Whether you get to event festivities via bus, carpool, bike or another form of non-drive-alone travel, have a fun and safe Independence Day 2021!


-Choose Your Way staffer Travis
 

Sources

City of Bellevue News Release - https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/4th-july-fireworks-return

City of Bellevue Road Closures - https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/transportation/traffic-conditions/traffic-advisories

 

Ride Transit Month 2021

Posted on June 11, 2021

Ride Transit Month is happening now! It's the perfect time to celebrate public transportation and take transit to get to where you need to go.

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*Graphic from Transportation Choices

Below is a collection of ways to celebrate this month, including events and articles:

  • A Just Recovery Will Take Transit – This event is hosted by the Transportation Choices statewide policy and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to bringing Washingtonians more and better transportation choices. You can attend this panel conversation, taking place June 16, to hear what agencies are doing, learn what to expect, and ask your questions on how transit agencies are preparing to keep passengers safe and moving. You can register for this transit talk here.
  • Transit Trivia - As part of Ride Transit Month, Transportation Choices is hosting Transit Trivia on June 23 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Pacific time. Test you transit knowledge by taking part in this special event. Register here!
  • Log Your Trips – If you live or work in Bellevue, don’t forget to log your Bellevue transit trips (and all non-drive-alone trips) during the month of June to win rewards! Learn more and take part in the Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards Program now.

For more details, check out the Transportation Choices page.

 

-Choose Your Way staffer Alex
 

 

Blue Skies, Sunshine, it’s Summertime!

Posted on May 29, 2021

Did you know that every trip you make using a non-drive-alone mode can save you money and help you earn rewards?

 

it's summertime

 

This summer, take advantage of the Pacific Northwest weather and try a non-drive-alone mode to get around Bellevue! If you log at least eight days’ worth of trips June 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021 using vanpool, transit, carpool, telework, cycling, or walking, you can earn a Choose Your Way Bellevue reward – worth up to $25. Visit our rewards page to start logging trips.

Not sure where to begin? Complete a Commute Assistance Request and receive a customized commute plan based on your work schedule, home address, and worksite.


-Choose Your Way staffer Nicole
 

 

Transportation Tip - Getting to your Vaccine

Posted on May 28, 2021

Bus Eastgate Park-and-Ride

 

With vaccinations in full swing and available at many locations, we’re here to help you use ways other than driving alone to get to your vaccine appointment! There are several resources you can use to make this happen, including the following:

  • Transit
  • Crossroads Connect
    • With the pilot for this on-demand service ending soon, now is a great time to utilize it! You can be picked up and dropped off anywhere in the service area, as well as any RapidRide B Line station. Learn more about this service here.
  • Carpool
    • Know someone who also needs to get vaccinated? Grab your mask, hop in an open-windowed car, save money, reduce your waste, and head to your appointment together.
  • Bike
    • Continue celebrating bike month by using your two trusty wheels to get to your vaccination appointment. You can find street information for biking by using the Bellevue Bike Map or Google Maps.

Looking for more information on travel options in Bellevue? You can follow Choose Your Way Bellevue on Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.


-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex

 

 

Employers: Make your Worksite Bike-Friendly

Posted on May 18, 2021

With bike month in full swing, let’s take a look at how employers can support bike commuting and what resources are available to help make it happen.  


1. Budget: Identify your goals, budget, and any constraints for a bike program.
2. Planning: Determine which area in your building can best accommodate bicycle commuters. Easy access is paramount to producing a bike-friendly environment at your worksite. Plan for wayfinding signage to help increase ease of use. 
3. Capital improvements: Invest in an upgrade to bicycle facilities and install the improvements. Our Mini-Grant program can give you the resources needed to make this a possibility at your worksite!
4. Additional programmatic elements: Consider operating a bike fleet and on-site repair services.
5. Awareness and outreach: Consider promoting the upgrades and increasing awareness of bike resources by holding an event. Distribute information on a regular basis to keep tenants and employees informed. 

Image from-Business Commute Options Toolkit

*Image from- Business Commute Options Toolkit pg. 22


Resources Available

Choose Your Way Bellevue Mini-Grant- Receive up to $8,000 for a bicycle-related project that meets the criteria. Mini-grant funds can be used for one-time activities to implement or enhance commuter parking and trip reduction programs through supporting parking management changes, infrastructure, resources or a promotional campaign.

An example of a successful use of mini-grant funds is a bike project implemented by the Washington State Department of Ecology for their Bellevue worksite. In 2016, they were awarded a mini-grant and used the funds for the following project: “We had thought about the having bikes for staff as part of our commitment to CTR and this was a great way for us to explore the possibility. We thought this would give staff who carpool, vanpool, or ride the bus to work an option of using the bike for running an errand at lunch, or going to an appointment or meeting and not having to use a car. This also gave staff an opportunity to use the bike for exercise as part of our wellness program. We named our project “Commuter Bikes” and applied for the grant to purchase bikes, safety equipment (such as helmets, lights, bells, etc), bike accessories, bike tools, a bike maintenance stand, and Bike Link cards for [Eastgate Park-and-Ride] eLockers.” -Tracy Nishikawa 

If you are interested in starting or enhancing your bike program, reach out to info@cywb.org and we will work with you and connect you to resources to make it happen.

Check out resource listings to help make these elements happen by scrolling to “Bike-Friendly Workplace Resources” at www.ChooseYourWayBellevue.org/businesses/resources.


-Choose Your Way staffer Travis
 

 

May 2021: Bike Month in Bellevue

Posted on May 7, 2021

Bike Month In Bellevue is here! It’s happening this May, concurrent with Cascade’s Bike Everywhere Month. Thinking about giving biking a try? Bike month is a great time to do that!

What’s great about biking in Bellevue – biking isn’t just for athletic types, and the City of Bellevue is making biking easier for people of all ages and abilities through projects such as the 108th Avenue Northeast Complete Street. The breeze, fresh air and taking in the world at a slower pace than in a car are all great aspects of getting out and about on your trusty two wheels.

We’ve pulled together a quick summary of ways to celebrate bike month and make the most out of the spring weather:

 

Bike Month 2021 Graphic

 

1.    Log your bike trips on Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards to earn branded merchandise!

Choose Your Way Bellevue offers both ongoing and episodic reward programs. Through May 31, 2021, Bellevue workers and residents can log non-drive-alone trips, such as walk, bike, telework, or carpool, to or from a Bellevue location for at least eight days and receive a Choose Your Way Bellevue merchandise package. Reward packages include a branded backpack, waist pack + bike bell + cycling cap, and reflective vest + keylight! Available while supplies last.

 

2.    Take part in the Bike Everywhere Challenge

Put on by Washington Bikes, the Bike Everywhere Challenge is an online trip-tracking contest you can sign up solo for, or join with your coworkers and friends that will run throughout the month of May. Log your trips on the Love to Ride platform and you could win prizes! Prizes go out to the top point-earning team and random drawings for participants.
You are still eligible to log your trips in both Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards and the Bike Everywhere Challenge. You’ll just need to log trips in both places. More trips logged = more opportunities to earn rewards and prizes.

You can also take part in Bike Everywhere Day on May 21, 2021. More details about this in a recent Seattle Bike Blog.

3.    Request your Bellevue Bike Map

The 2020 Bellevue Bike Map features updated citywide and detail maps, safety tips, helmet fitting tips, updated tools and resources and a frequent transit service map. Download the map or request a hard copy via mail by calling 425-452-6856 or emailing TRReception@bellevuewa.gov.

4.    Social Media Challenge

Want to earn some sweet rewards for celebrating bike month? Now you can! From now until May 31, 2021, take a selfie with your bike or a view of where you are biking – while not in motion, of course! Post it with the hashtag #ibikebellevue or tagging @ChooseUrWayBell on Twitter for a chance to win a Choose Your Way Bellevue branded backpack with branded biking goodies* inside!

*This includes a bike light, bike bell, and cycling cap.

 

-Choose Your Way staffer Alex
 

 

Earth Day and Month 2021

Posted on April 30, 2021

Another trip around the sun and it is time to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Month once again! A lot has happened since April 2020. There have been many ripple effects from COVID-19, among them have been some of the following changes about our environment.

 

Earth Day

 

One major positive of the pandemic has been the decrease in air pollution in 2020. This January 2021 Streetsblog article describes how carbon dioxide emissions have gone down during quarantine. The below graph paints a good picture of this.

 

CO2

*Graphic from Rodium Group

 

This decline in pollution is correlated with decreased trips. People haven’t been commuting as much compared to past years. Many individuals started working entirely from home when the pandemic hit, fewer commercial flights occurred, and the world learned how to live in a new reality.

As vaccinations continue to be administered and the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter, don’t forget that every trip counts. We can continue to keep emissions low if we take action in our everyday lives. Want to start biking to work when the office reopens? We can create a custom commute plan for you. Want to earn free merch for logging your non-drive-alone trips? You can take advantage of the Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards Program to claim awesome gear, like branded backpacks, tumblers, bike bells and more!

 

-Choose Your Way staffer Alex
 

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The March Transit Service Change – How Will it Affect Bellevue Travelers?

Posted on March 12, 2021

March 2021 Service Change

 

Are you prepared for the upcoming transit service changes that will be effective March 20? We have pulled together a list of affected routes that travel in/out of Bellevue from King County Metro’s Service Change page, with alternative options to keep you moving. Need personal commute assistance? Fill out a form and we’ll help you get to where you need to go!

 

Increased Service

  • ST Route 550
    • ST Route 550 will continue to serve additional stops along Bellevue Way on a temporary basis due to suspension of Metro route 249.

 

Decreased Service

  • Route 212
    • Three AM and three PM trips will be suspended due to low ridership.
  • Route 218
    • ​​​​​​​Three AM and three PM trips will be suspended due to low ridership.

 

Ongoing Service Changes from September

Route 252 is still suspended  

Sound Transit Express Route 555/556 is still suspended 

  • Use Route 271 between Issaquah, Bellevue, and University of Washington
  • Between University District and Northgate use Route 67

Route 232 is still suspended 

Alternative options:

  • Use Route 224 between Duvall and Redmond Transit Center
  • Use the RapidRide B Line between Redmond Transit Center, Redmond Technology Station, and Bellevue Transit Center

Route 237 is still suspended 

Alternative options:

  • In Woodinville, use Route 231 to/from Kirkland TC and transfer to/from Route 250 to/from Bellevue, or use Route 311 and ST Route 535 with a transfer at NE 128th Street
  • At Woodinville Park and Ride, use routes ST 522 and ST 535 with a transfer at the UWB/CCC to travel to and from Bellevue
  • At Brickyard Park and Ride use Route ST 535 to/from Bellevue.
  • At NE 128th Street, use route ST 535

Route 246 is still suspended  

  • Between Factoria and downtown Bellevue, use Route 241
  • Between Factoria and Eastgate, use Route 241
  • Between Clyde Hill and downtown Bellevue, use Route 271
  • The 92nd Avenue NE freeway stop is served by Route 255, Route 542, and Route 545

Route 249 is still suspended 

  • Route 226 serves NE 24th Street between 156th and 164th Avenue NE
  • Between Overlake and downtown Bellevue use the RapidRide B Line
  • There is no service between Overlake and Northup Way, Kirkland Crossing, Eastside Preparatory, Linbrook Office Park. To reach this area use Route 250 from downtown Bellevue
  • There is no service on Bellevue Way NE between Northup Way and NE 10th Street. The nearest remaining service on this segment is Route 271 to the south on NE 8th Street and Route 250 to the east on 116th Avenue NE

Route 342 is still suspended  

  • Between Bothell and Bellevue, use ST Route 535
  • At Houghton P&R use Route 245 to connect with Route 255 on 108th Avenue NE
  • Between Bellevue and Renton, use ST Route 560 or ST 566
  • Between Shoreline and Kenmore, use Route 331 and connect with ST Route 522
  • Faster travel times may be available by traveling via downtown Seattle depending on your point of origin and destination

 

For full details, make sure to check out Metro’s Service Change page. Make sure to plan ahead of these Bellevue bus service changes. Wear masks on transit (required), maintain six feet, and stay healthy and safe!

-Choose Your Way staffer Alex

 

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