West Seattle In Motion: Sign up now, get deals/freebies

Sign-ups have just started for West Seattle In Motion – a program meant to entice you to use more transit, more human-powered transportation, a little less gas this summer. Your West Seattle co-sponsors are Sustainable West Seattle, the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents, and us here at WSB. First step: Sign up to be part of it (do that here). That gets you free membership, which in turn makes you eligible for deals (like these) and gets you tickets for free bus rides, plus you’ll be entered in drawings. Only catch – In Motion wants quick progress reports on what you do to pitch in. Took the bus/shuttle to catch the Water Taxi instead of driving? Great! Rode your bike to the store? Great! Caught a ride downtown with a friend instead of driving alone? Great! As media sponsor for West Seattle In Motion, we’ll get updates from the county on West Seattleites’ total “saved trips” and we’ll get to brag about everybody’s progress (think we can out-“motion” other participating neighborhoods?) – we’ll have a special In Motion page set up by the time we get to West Seattle Summer Fest on Friday (you’ll meet the In Motion folks there too – they’ll be in spaces 26 and 28, east side of California between Alaska and Edmunds). Again, it all starts here.

17 Replies to "West Seattle In Motion: Sign up now, get deals/freebies"

  • newnative July 6, 2011 (7:14 pm)

    What if we already do all that because it’s our lifestyle? I live, work, shop and drink within a mile radius. I bus off the island and have been known to walk off of it too. Can I still sign up?

    • WSB July 6, 2011 (8:13 pm)

      New native – absolutely! Trips you save count for reduced trips and you should get credit for them, as I understand it. – TR

  • mickey mouse July 6, 2011 (8:25 pm)

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!

    • WSB July 6, 2011 (8:35 pm)

      Somebody does – we put the link on the WSB Facebook page last night and 15 signups came in, in short order. But certainly, you might not. Which is why this is completely voluntary, and free. And making a little bit of impact, potentially – from the Metro news release announcing this round of programs, “Over the past seven years, Metro’s grant-funded In Motion program has reached residents in more than 21 King County neighborhoods. Overall, Metro estimates program participants have reduced more than 1.7 million miles of driving, 84,000 gallons of gas use, and the production of 835 tons of CO2 emissions.” It’s a start! – TR

  • homesweethome July 6, 2011 (8:37 pm)

    Are slug lines used anywhere in Seattle? We used them back East but haven’t been able to locate anything here. No, this is not a gardening thing…but a location that everyone knows about to meet up for rides, drivers swing through, say where they are headed and people jump in. Very handy.

  • sue July 6, 2011 (8:38 pm)

    WE DO!!!!!!!! Gotta love the peevish comments – they are truly galvanizing!!!!

  • sophista-tiki July 6, 2011 (9:45 pm)

    I’m down to driving one day a week this summer and wou;ld like to eliminate that too.

  • Ed July 6, 2011 (9:57 pm)

    More Seattle collective “preciousness.” Ho hum.

  • DF July 6, 2011 (10:08 pm)

    I generally bike it to safeway to buy my groceries no jumping in the car to buy that garlic for the soup I am in the midst of preparing I earn baby by cycling there. I pad up sometimes too and ride the skateboard. Not recomended to adults.

  • helihu July 7, 2011 (7:17 am)

    Homesweethome — the closest thing I’ve seen in Seattle is this: http://go520.avego.com/st-pilot/.

  • Thistle July 7, 2011 (8:24 am)

    I was at the community “idea” meeting that they held for this project and while am excited that it is starting up, I do find it slightly ironic that King County Metro is one of the sponsors of this “use alternate transit” event while in the same breath having the only main and extremely important bus lines to Admiral on the cutting block (51 and 55 – once the rapid transit route that does not go anywhere near were these two routes end up begins – brilliancy in motion) and reducing the 125, one of the only busses that serves the east side of West Seattle! I know that our neighborhood is not the only one hurt and I get it that budgets are tight but it really does goat me that they are spending money on trying to make people feel good about using a bus that they will not even have access to because their neighborhood is seen as “not having a great need” (direct quote from a metro response email) for any bus services. Tell that to the retirees, administrators, baristas, grocery workers, etc… who live in my building and are avid bus users as they do not own cars (thus reducing the line that many of you sit in each morning on your way to work). Please sign up for this project and then ATTEND THE JULY 12th 6pm meeting regarding the proposed transit cuts so that we may actually have a chance to use the “alternative transit” that they are so excited promote!

    • WSB July 7, 2011 (8:54 am)

      Thanks, Thistle. We will be writing about those meetings again today, since they’re coming up next week (one downtown, one in Burien), after the first one in Kirkland last night … TR

  • Diane July 7, 2011 (1:01 pm)

    I have been to tons of meetings with metro reps, and begged for the 51 to run both ways and later, so it will be used more; it goes by my home every half hour mostly empty, and I rarely use, because it only goes 1 way, and stops running too early; it would provide transit for more folks in our neighborhood, and increase funding via fares, if they just ran it both ways and later, and reduce need for driving to catch a bus; so instead, I have to walk or drive to 56 at Olga, or drive/park in Triangle or junction to take 54/55 downtown; sometimes I wonder if metro listens to the people who ride buses at all

  • foy boy July 7, 2011 (2:17 pm)

    For people that drive and try to find parking in the junction or the triangle, would it not be nice if they put in a transit hub and a park and ride?

  • dapuffin July 7, 2011 (6:59 pm)

    I care. And I’m in!
    2 days so far.
    Your Stats
    So far you have….
    – Made 4 trips
    – Saved 58 miles
    – Reduced Co2 by 56.26 pounds

    And yet… my 21 bus may still go away. >sigh<

  • MercyMoi July 10, 2011 (11:13 am)

    I signed up! I’m want to learn how to bike/bus combo more. I’m clueless about best routes through downtown and completely intimidated by the bike path reroutes on Alaskan Way.

  • MAKE11 July 14, 2011 (6:09 pm)

    I think so .

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