The city of Seattle is is hoping to entice residents to cut two car trips a week in July through the Walk Bike Ride Challenge. The challenge runs from July 4-31.
Seattleites can go to http://walkbikeride.seattle.gov/ and register any time to start cutting car trips as early as Independence Day. Each time someone reports a week they are entered into a drawing to win one of two $250 REI gift certificates, a one night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, or a $175 Zipcar package. Businesses can go to the same Web site and pledge to support their employees in taking the challenge.
Making walking, biking and riding transit the easiest ways to get around builds the healthy, equitable, affordable transportation system Seattle deserves. Walk Bike Ride is a multi-year initiative. As part of the initiative, the city will update the Transit Master Plan, implement projects like the Dexter Avenue N buffered bicycle lanes project, keep freight moving, engage the public, focus on future funding, protect and expand transit, integrate Walk Bike Ride principles into neighborhood planning, and promote sustainable transit-oriented communities with thriving business districts.