Rideshare Online Summer Promotion


It’s not too late to start participating in the Rideshare Online end of summer promotion and Make a Difference in your Commute!

Track at least one day of non-drive alone commute during the week to be entered to win one of 10 $50 MasterCard Rewards cards. For complete promotion, eligibility and prize details, please visit http://www.rideshareonline.com/SummerPromo_rules.html

You may need to register or update your existing user account to get started. Then, during the Aug. 17 – Sept. 20 promotion, you will need to log at least 10 completed, eligible trips on the RideshareOnline.com (or sponsored site) calendar to be entered into prize drawings, and track weekly to be entered into weekly drawings.

Eligible modes include vanpool, carpool, riding transit, walking, biking, telecommuting, or compressing your work week. As the eligible trips are logged on the calendar, employees will be automatically qualified for the prize drawings.


Avid Commuters Biblio Bicyclists

Seattle Public Library bike-to-work team members get together at the Central Library to celebrate their success in this past Spring’s Bike to Work Month event. They work all over the City at the various branches of the public library system.

SPL3Nurturing two new riders, The Paperback Riders and the Rolling Tomes tallied over 2300 miles on their way to a 76% commute rate in the month of May.

Pictured (from left) are Selby Gunter, Jonathan Koroshec, Abby Bass, Alex Hagenah, Misha Stone, Jessica Lucas, Betsy Kluck-Keil, Amanda Solonika, Geoff Long, and Megan Locatelli Hyska.

Team Captains Abby Bass and Jessica Lucas share the coveted trophy cup. Hotly contested for several years, the smack-talk between the teams has cooled, replaced by good-natured competition.

New commuter Megan rode her bike five miles one way to work for the first time ever this year. She was inspired by her colleagues – all members of the Rolling Tomes. Wendy Israel, not pictured and another new commuter with the Paperback Riders added 4+ miles each day, combined with a link lightrail trip.

Not pictured but no less appreciated are: Erica Delavan, Daniel Tilton, David Wright, Janet van Fleet, Jennifer Crampton, Sharon Griggins, Wendy Israel, and Dave Valencia.

You’ll find all sorts of bicycling inspiration at the library, including the book, Etape, by author Richard Moore, who weaves first-person interviews with cycling’s great riders from 20 great stages of the Tour de France.

Seahawks Home Opener

W: 36 – 16, Go Hawks!

Seattle will celebrate the opening of NFL football season on Thursday, Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field, including a free concert featuring Soundgarden and Pharrell Williams.  Thousands of fans will converge in the Pioneer Square and stadium areas for the festivities.

Major traffic delays are expected during the afternoon and evening commute that are likely to affect transit service. Buses may be more crowded as fans head downtown, and transit customers using buses that pass through downtown Seattle should be prepared for possibly significant delays. Sign up for Transit Alerts in order to receive information from Metro.

For all of the details, visit the SDOT Traffic Blog.

Avid Commuters Switchgear Cyclists

Bike to Work Month Challenge – team winner, Outside of Center City

Pictured(from left) are Mike Becker, Stephen Johnson, David Boneham, Tom Borek, team captain Kelly Davidson, and Eddie Plana.

New commuter Stephen Johnson rode his bike to work for the first time ever this year. All it took was some gentle prodding from his work mates – all members of the newly inaugurated Switchgear Cyclists.

Commuting from Bothell, Stephen rides his bike four miles to the Ashway Park and Ride, gets on a bus to downtown, and completes his commute two more miles to his job as an electrical engineer at the City Light South Service Center.

David Boneham won the team’s coveted “silver cluster” award this year for riding 100% of his trips during the month of May!

What sets this team apart from, say – a downtown team – is their location at 4th Ave South and South Spokane Street. Both corridors carry a large volume of traffic, many of that being trucks beginning their day, and commuters on their last hurried mile. It takes focus and fortitude to ride a bike here, let alone commit to a month or more of regular commuting. The Switchgear riders had a commute average of 75% of all trips! *(compared to all 52 City employee teams with a 51% average).

Way to go Switchgear Cyclists!