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Issue: 6
June 2013
Spotlight: 2013 Walk Bike Ride Challenge
Get moving, get active, get prizes!
June 15 to September 9
Sign up now. 

You know walking, biking, and riding transit can save you money, improve your health and the environment, but maybe you need a little inspiration to get out of your car and try something different. Well, we're offering incentives, in the form of great prizes!

Walk Bike Ride Challenge inspires you to try new transportation options this summer, and hopefully change some of your habits in the long-term. If you walk, bike, ride transit, carpool, skip, skate (you get the idea!) to your destination instead of driving alone, you can win one of these great prizes:  

  • Grand Prize: A brand new  Specialized Sirrus Elite (male) bike or Specialized Vita Elite (female) and helmet from Gregg's Cycles worth $800  
  • A $200 REI Gift Card 
  • A $150 Zipcar gift certificate
  • A $100 Farmers Market gift certificate
  • $100 Nordstrom gift card
  • Car2Go membership and four hours of use
  • Family pack tickets to the Woodland Park Zoo  

Each week in the challenge, we will also be raffling off ORCA cards to individuals who invite a friend to the challenge using the "Invite" tab. The friend must accept the challenge and log at least one trip for you to be eligible for the drawing. We'll also be announcing other opportunities to win prizes from time to time, so stay tuned for details.


Sign up now and start inviting your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers to get moving, get active, and get prizes!

Options to Get Around

The 65th Street Cycle track is now open for biking. The cycle track has been designed to provide a family-friendly connection between the Burke  Gilman Trail and Magnuson Park that serves people of all ages and abilities who ride bicycles. SDOT is also including pedestrian friendly improvements in this area including new curb ramps and a curb extension for your walking enjoyment.


Have you tried the new Greenway on 39th Ave NE? You can now travel comfortably on your bike or on foot along the greenway from the Burke-Gilman Trail (NE 52nd St) to Thornton Creek Elementary (NE 77th St). Check out this fun video put together by Cascade Bike Club with highlights from the ribbon cutting.  
Tools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

Some of these tips are a refresher, but here are some great ways to get ready for walking, biking and riding in time for summer and to take the Walk Bike Ride Challenge.  

If you're traveling on foot, the Walk Score app can help rate the walkability of your location. It can also help you find nearby parks, restaurants, coffee shops and more!

As you're gearing up to ride your bike around town, SDOT's interactive bike map can help you plan your trip. SDOT has 2,230 bike parking spaces all around Seattle in case you need to stop along the way, so make sure to download the bike parking app to easily plan your trip.


If you decide to try more transit trips, it just got a whole lot more convenient to pick up an ORCA card. ORCA just quadrupled the amount of locations where you can pick up your card; local QFC, Safeway and Saar's locations just joined the 40 transit agency venues that sell ORCA cards.


Compare all your transportation options on one map. Google Maps is rolling out a new interactive map that provides tailored walking, biking, riding and transit options. Check out the Seattle Transit's blog post that highlights all the new and improved features. The launch date is still not revealed, but you can request an invite in the meantime to be one of the first to try their new map.   

Inspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride

After you sign up for the Walk Bike Ride Challenge, check out inspirational stories from past participants to get you motivated. Rachel participated in the Challenge last summer and was excited about her new biking adventures: "I wouldn't have done it before, or even thought that I could do it!" We're excited to hear all the inspirational stories from your Challenge experience this summer.

Seattle librarians are inspiring us with their books on bikes community  program. Their new outreach efforts will bring Library services to popular community events via bike this summer. If they can cart heavy books around town, we can cycle around town, too.   


Join us for some fun events and sign up in person for the Walk Bike Ride Challenge. Starting June 15, we'll be giving away great reusable grocery bags to everyone that pledges to take the Walk Bike Ride Challenge on the spot. We look forward to seeing you throughout June:

Columbia City Farmers Market 
Wednesday, June 5, 3 - 7pm

Saar's Marketplace
Saturday, June 15, 11 - 3pm
Saturday, June 22, 11 - 3pm


Walk for Rice 

Saturday, June 29, 8am-12pm

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Regards from the Way to Go, Seattle! Team