If saving money, getting exercise and helping the environment aren't sufficient incentives for downtown Bellevue residents to make less solo trips in their cars, here's another one: prizes.
For the third year in a row, the City of Bellevue is partnering with King County Metro and TransManage to present "In Motion," a program to encourage travel options to driving alone such as walking, bicycling, riding the bus and carpooling.
This week, more than 5,500 brochures have been mailed to eligible residents who live in the area bounded by Interstate 405, Southeast Sixth Street, 98th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 17th Street. Participants must also be 16 or older and have at least one car in the household.
To register, residents can return their postcard or register online. Those who take part pledge to reduce driving by at least two trips each week, then report weekly on their progress.
Sponsors will give away 10 bus tickets and a $50 Zipcar discount just for signing up, and participants who report trips weekly can receive up to two $25 gift cards from the Bellevue Collection.
In 2006 and 2007, it's estimated that downtown residents who signed up for In Motion saved a total of more than 5,000 gallons of gasoline, walked nearly 8,000 miles, earned $4,000 in prizes and traveled 40,000 miles by bus.
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