Ever wonder who is behind the Choose Your Way Bellevue Blog and the Downtown Bellevue On The Move Network? Well, today is your lucky day. The Connect Downtown Partnership is responsible for both of these programs. The Partnership is made up of staff from the City of Bellevue, King County Metro and TransManage.
Social Media and Web Coordinator
What I do: I’m behind our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter and I also update our blog and website.
How I get there: I started riding the bus to work for my first job out of college when I was commuting from downtown Bellevue into Seattle. Even though my commute would have been shorter if I drove myself, I chose to ride the bus because reading a book on the bus was a lot more relaxing than sitting in traffic. I now commute from Redmond to downtown Bellevue and still have a shorter commute if I drove alone, but the stress of rush hour isn’t worth it to me. If I’m in the middle of a great book, I take Metro’s B-Line winding my way through Redmond and Bellevue while reading a few chapters. If I’m in a rush I can drive to the Overlake Transit Center and catch the 566 which gets me to downtown Bellevue in about 15 minutes.
DBOTM Member Deals Coordinator
What I do: I find new companies to join our new Downtown Bellevue On The Move Member Deals Pilot Program.
How I get there: I enjoy beginning each work day by hopping on the bus near Green Lake with my iPod and coffee in hand and commuting to downtown Bellevue. When I moved to Seattle for school I didn’t have a car so I got used to riding the bus and carpooling. When I began working in Bellevue I didn’t even think about driving, my first thought was which bus do I need to take. My commute allows me to relax, recharge and save some cash. If I had to sit in traffic every day I would probably be pretty cranky by the time I got to work.
What I do: I oversee the TransManage team and make sure we’re continuing to provide a great program to downtown Bellevue residents and employees. I also work closely with businesses in downtown Bellevue to improve their employees’ commutes.
How I get there: I love my walk to work; getting my heart pumping and some fresh air before sitting down at my desk for the morning is a great way to start off my day. When I walk I get a chance to window shop; I look for familiar faces and I get the opportunity to notice interesting details of the neighborhood that I just wouldn’t notice if I were focused on driving. My favorite route takes me through a park and past interesting stores and sometimes I even make it down the road faster than some of the cars who are stuck in traffic! Walking is the best start and finish to my day, and I love that I can go weeks without driving my car, saving money all the while.
King County Metro
Rideshare Operations Planner
What I do: I use vanpool, vanshare, carpool and RideshareOnline.com programs to show commuters how to create personalized, non-drive alone commutes to fit their work/life demands and save a ton of money.
How I get there: I started commuting on trains and buses at the age of 12. Now I am full-time bus rider. The bus gets me to work reliably and removes the tense, running-late, frustrated-by-stupid-traffic commuter that I would be if I drove alone.
King County Metro
King County Commute Trip Reduction Representative
What I do: Represent Metro as a transportation resource for both large employers and smaller businesses in Bellevue who are seeking commute alternatives for their employees, and also provide staffing for employee events.
How I get there:
Riding the bus to-and-from work each day is one of my favorite times of the day. I can read, relax, daydream, catch up on e-mails or knit. When I was young, I rode two buses to-and-from school and learned I could finish my homework while making the long trip and be free to do other things when I got home. That lesson was a good one that still applies to me today. And, it is one that I hope more people will pass on to their young. Teach them that taking the bus is a great alternative to driving a car.
Member and Incentives Coordinator
What I do:As the newest member of the team, I just started managing our incentives program. You’ve probably had an email or two from me if you’ve earned your Get Started reward recently.
How I get there: When I planned my move from Bellingham to Renton, I made sure that my new place was close to a transit center or bus line. Riding the bus is important to me because I care about how I treat the environment and I want to save money. I’d also much rather relax on a bus ride for 30 minutes, rather than sitting in traffic. I carpool with my boyfriend to the Renton Transit Center and then take the 566 Sound Transit Express to the Bellevue Transit Center. The bus comes frequently so I’m not worried if I miss a bus. If I drove myself to work, I’d be spending more than $200 on gas a month when now I spend half that!
City of Bellevue
What I do: I manage the Choose Your Way Bellevue and Downtown Bellevue On The Move programs for the City of Bellevue, in partnership with King County Metro and TransManage. These programs inform the public about transportation options and help ease the way for getting around by transit, carpool, vanpool, walking and biking.
How I get there: After growing up in Bellevue and riding the bus a lot as a kid, I feel fortunate to work here as a transportation planner making it easier for people to get around without driving alone. In the past I have settled on a year-round combined bicycle and bus commute on most days and keep my attire simple with a rubber band around my pants leg (plus helmet, lights and reflective gear). However, I recently joined a vanpool and it’s quite a bit faster than the bus. The only drawback is that it is too close to my home – only one mile from my home, so on most days I take a roundabout bike ride home from my van drop-off point to get more exercise.
King County Metro
Employer Transportation Representative
What I Do: Represent Metro as a transportation resource for both large employers and smaller businesses in Bellevue who are seeking commute alternatives for their employees, and also provide staffing for employee events.
How I Get There: I have a Metro bus stop at the end of my block near the end of the #7 line, and my employer provides me a free pass. On days when I’m not riding my bike to work, I can either hop on the #7 or I can get a lift to the light rail station at Henderson & MLK Blvd. Taking the bus or rail provides me time to read, check email/texts or send messages. (I don’t make phone calls because I think most folks prefer a quiet commute) When I ride my bike to work, I have the option of cruising along Lake Washington Blvd. (relatively flat) to the I-90 tunnel, or taking the Chief Sealth Trail over Beacon Hill which is quite hilly and gives me a good work out. People may not realize they have options to driving alone, and unless you try at least one of those, you won’t experience the benefits of doing it differently. Bus it, bike it, try it, you’ll like it!