Summer is the perfect time to try walking, biking and riding transit for more of your trips. The Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) July and August Walk Bike Ride Challenge may be just the incentive you need to get going. Switch at least two car trips a week, track your trips online and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a new electric bike from Electric Bikes Northwest, a one night stay for two at Seattle’s Pan Pacific Hotel, a Nordstrom $100 gift certificate courtesy of Commute Seattle, a $100 REI gift certificate, $100 Seattle Farmers Market gift certificate, and Zipcar membership and five+ hours of car use credit for a $150 value. People are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible at www.seattle.gov/waytogo/wbr_challenge.htm. The more weeks one enters trips during the two month period, the more chances there are to win one of the great prizes.
“Physical activity doesn’t have to be hard or extreme to protect you from obesity, heart disease and diabetes,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health—Seattle & King County. “Instead it can be fun. Adding walks and bikes to the way you travel is the right move this summer.”
In 2010, the Seattle Department of Transportation launched the Walk Bike Ride Challenge. The program runs in two month cycles and continues to gain in popularity. In 2011, 1,886 people registered to walk, bike and ride transit more. SDOT seeks to keep increasing that number and have over 2,100 new people take the challenge in 2014. The goal is part of the policies and actions included in SDOT’s Action Agenda to increase efficient and affordable access to jobs and education centers around the city.
For more information on the SDOT’s Action Agenda, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/actionagenda.htm.