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September Commuter News

In This Issue
  • Get There Challenge
  • Commuter Kickbacks Winners
  • Commuter Spotlight
  • First and Last Mile Study Input Opportunities
  • Bringing Your Bike on a TriMet Bus
  • Beaverton Bicycle Advisory Committee
Who We Are

Westside Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit that works with employers and local governments to reduce auto commute trips in Washington County, Oregon. 

On your marks, get set...

The 2019 Get There Challenge is almost here! Log your non-drive alone trips in Get There between October 7 - 21 for a chance to win all kinds of prizes.

In addition to the statewide prizes, WTA will offer special prizes for just our members. Over the two weeks, we'll be giving out 5 $20 Fred Meyer gift cards, and 5 $20 Amazon gift cards, and 4 $5 Starbucks gift cards will be raffled off to winners of our Facebook and Instagram contests.

We'll be giving away a Columbia Sportswear Circuit Breaker backpack ($109 value) to the winner of the Commute Story Contest. Click here to submit your story, enter the drawing, and get a head start on the Challenge!  

Visit our website for more information
There were four lucky winners this month, including Michael (see below article), Taylor from City of Hillsboro, and Judy from City of Tigard. Congrats on winning a $50 gift card to McMenamins! They used a mix of transit, carpooling, walking, and bicycling as their modes of transportation. Way to go!

Next month's drawings will select two winners to receive $50 gift cards to New Seasons Market. Log just four days of non-drive alone commute trips in a month in Get There for an entry into our monthly Commuter Kickbacks prize drawing. An additional four days = an additional entry. 

Spread the word about Commuter Kickbacks! Tell your friends, family, and coworkers.

Commuter Spotlight: Michael

"I’m very lucky in that I live pretty close to work.  About 4 years ago, my wife and I decided to try to get by with one car.  She sold my car and I started riding my bike to work.  Just after she sold my car, the Hillsboro Link started up.  When the weather is bad, I take the Hillsboro Link and on other days I ride my bike." 

Thanks for sharing, Michael!
Save the Date(s)

The First and Last Mile (FLM) project is about developing strategies to make transit safe, accessible, and viable for all who live, work, and visit Washington County. In October, there will be three opportunities for public engagement:

- An online open house that will run October 1-31
- A "Last Mile" stakeholder workshop on October 15 from 3-5pm
- A "First Mile" community workshop on October 16 from 6-8pm

WTA will be hosting the latter two events in the Training Center (Suite 390) of Beaverton City Hall (12725 SW Millikan Way). Your voice matters, and we hope to see you there.

Follow this link to visit the project website.
Multimodal How-To: Bringing your Bike on a TriMet Bus
Maddie Billings
WTA Communication and Program Coordinator
 
First-mile/last-mile struggles plague commuters everywhere. If only grown-ups’ commutes to and from work were as simple as a child’s commute to and from school – when a bus picks you up where you are and takes you exactly where you need to go. Unfortunately, that wonderfully convenient system isn't available for commuters. For many, the journey to the nearest bus station requires a lengthy distance that may be too far to walk. For those of us who are not avid cyclists, yet not opposed to biking (myself included), a multi-modal bike/bus commute can be an excellent commute option. But then comes the hurdle of taking your bike on the bus with you – a concept that can initially seem overwhelming.
 
Feeling overwhelmed or confused often leads to inaction – and inaction keeps us stuck in our regular habits. Here’s a simple how-to guide to put your mind at ease and get your wheels in motion:
  • Acknowledge the driver. They likely already noticed your bike, but as they say: safety first. (Image 1, top left)
  • Squeeze the handle and lower rack simultaneously. (Image 2, top right)
  • Place your bike in the rack. It may be a good idea to attempt lifting your bike at home beforehand – some bikes are heavier than others. (Image 3, bottom left)
  • Place the bar over your front wheel. (Image 4, bottom right)
To unload, exit through the front door of the bus and notify your driver that you are retrieving your bike. Return the bar down to its original position, lift your bike up and out, fold up the rack if it’s empty, and retreat to the sidewalk. That’s it! After your first couple of times, you’ll be a pro.
 
Breaking up your commute into two different modes doesn’t have to be complicated. When those two modes are bicycle and bus, preparedness is the key to success. The first time is always the scariest – which is why it’s good to get out there and get it done. You might discover your new favorite commute!
 
References
 
Anon. n.d. “How to Load Your Bike on the Bus.” Retrieved August 15, 2019 (https://trimet.org/bikes/bikesonbuses.htm).

 
The Beaverton Bicycle Advisory Committee is accepting applications through October 1st. If you're someone with a passion for bicycling who lives in Beaverton, this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in your community and help create a positive impact. Apply here or follow this link to see similar involvement opportunities.

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Portland Community College
Lam Research
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Vernier Software & Technology
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Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition
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