June 2019 CTR Newsletter

June 2019 |  Commute Trip Reduction Newsletter

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Ride Transit Month

June is Ride Transit Month

Ride Transit Month is an opportunity to both celebrate your current transit commuters and incentivize others to try it out. Hosted by the Transportation Choices Coalition, agencies in Washington State collaborate to provide outreach, support, and prizes for transit riders.

Have your employees take the pledge and they'll get a $10 pre-loaded ORCA card!

Take the pledge: The easiest way to participate is by taking the pledge and committing to ride transit this month. Get on the ferry, hop on the bus, catch the train any time in June! You will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes such as Visa Gift Cards, Storm Game tickets, transit passes and more. Submit a story to receive an additional entry and it may be featured in the weekly newsletter!

Share on Social Media: Use the hashtag #ridetransit or #ridetransitwa on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and snap a pic of yourself on transit. Tell us why you ride and be entered for even more prizes!

Find more information here.


Join your fellow ETCs for a Swift adventure

Your Community Transit TDM crew invite you to join us for our summer networking meeting: we’ll all be “walking in the commuter’s shoes” by taking Swift Bus Rapid Transit together! Learn how to use the stations, swipe a card, load a bike on a bus, and more.

We’ll be taking a short ride to Mill Creek, where we’ll get ice cream cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery, walk a bit downtown, and head back. It’s a very hands-on adventure, and if you haven’t taken Swift or traditional bus service much, it’s a great opportunity to learn.

If we have time at the end, we’ll even stop by the bus yard and show participants how traditional service operates and loading a bike on the bus.

Bus tickets and treats are on us!

RSVP Here.

ETC Networking Meeting: Swift Adventure

Thursday, June 13th

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

2 Hours Training Credit

Community Transit- Kasch Park Base

2300 Kasch Park Road, Everett

Note: There will be a short (10 minute) walk to and from the bus


Upcoming Trainings and Events

*Note, if you attend a linked webinar, let me know so you can have credit*

6/13/2019- ETC Networking Meeting, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Community Transit Kasch Park Operating Base

6/18/2019- Community Transit Live, 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m., Online

6/19/2019- ETC Basic Training, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Community Transit Kasch Park Operating Base

6/19/2019- RideShareOnline.com Basic, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Online

6/20/2019- RideShareOnline.com Incentive Management, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Online

6/20/2019- Transit Talk- Redefining Safety on Transit, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., University Heights, Seattle

6/27/2019- Hosting a Successful Event or Fair, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Online

7/3/2019- Transportation Options and When They Work Best, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., Online

7/9/2019- Marketing and Starting a Vanpool, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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Active Transportation Safety Report

The annual safety report based on 2018 data has been published in WSDOT Gray Notebook #73. Selected data points:

  • Pedestrian deaths continue to increase.
  • Over the past five years total traffic deaths involving people walking and biking have increased 50%. Serious injuries also continue to increase.
  • The vast majority of fatalities--87%--occur on roads with posted speeds of 30 mph or higher.
  • Location of fatal and serious injury crashes: 11% on county roads, 27% on state routes, 61% on city streets.
  • 59% of fatal and serious injury crashes occur in neighborhoods with poverty levels higher than the state average; these are places that also tend to have less infrastructure for walking and bicycling
  • USDOT provides a statistical method to assign a monetary value to human life and health. Using their methodology, the 123 deaths of people walking or rolling in Washington state in 2018 cost society approximately $1.2 billion.

Note: While these numbers may seem alarming, keep in mind that the number of people biking and walking has also increased significantly. Proportional increases in risk are expected, to a degree.

Comment on Washington Active Transportation Plan

Input on Washington State Active Transportation Plan is critical because everyone walks or rolls on our streets one way or another. Great connections for people walking and rolling make the system work better for everyone, including people who drive. Consider taking (and sharing with your employees) the state survey for the State Active Transportation Plan. Take the survey here by June 30th. We have flyers and posters available upon request.

Edmonds and Mukilteo Station Access Improvements

Sound Transit is planning parking and access improvements at the Edmonds and Mukilteo Sounder stations so that more people can ride the train. After a series of public meetings and online participation, Sound Transit has released their report and summary. Disappointingly- if unsurprising- parking is in high demand.

Station projects meeting community goals are slated to be completed by 2024.

Bike to Health continues 2019 group rides

Grab those handlebars and join Cascade Bicycle Club for FREE family-friendly bike rides! As part of the Bike2Health program in South Snohomish County, Cascade is leading beginner-friendly rides this Spring and Summer. Cascade’s trained education staff offer tips on: basic bike handling skills; navigating routes; and group etiquette during these fun and relaxed rides. Check out the upcoming rides in your area!

Participants can expect:

  • Leisurely pace, flat terrain, relatively short, on protected bike paths or low-traffic streets, regular stops and guided support

Participants must:

  • Have basic bike handling skills; wear a helmet; bring a bike without training wheels (balance bikes are okay); and be no younger than 6 years old.

Rides are scheduled until September with monthly and weekly offerings.

Learn more and register at: cascade.org/bike2health

Community Transit Contacts

Alex Mehn, TDM & Outreach Specialist 

Ross Peizer, TDM & Outreach Specialist

Jennifer Hass, Community Programs Manager