| Mar 28, 2016
BDA Communications Manager Geri Massengale lives and works in Downtown Bellevue. She recently went car-free and is still getting around Downtown and beyond. Read on to hear about her experience and how you can get $50 of riding credit from BDA Member, Lyft.
I live and work in Downtown Bellevue and have access to several modes of transportation. The Bellevue Transit Center is walking distance from my place and there are two bus lines even closer that send me to Seattle or east to Factoria and Crossroads. I also live less than two miles from I-405 and I-90 so it’s a short drive to major cities on the Eastside if I choose to drive. For times I don’t want to drive or need to finish the last leg of my trip, I downloaded the ridesharing mobile app, Lyft. I recently decided to travel “car-free” for a week, which left me to rely on the two other methods of getting around. If I’m traveling within the Downtown core, I typically walk but here are some ways I combined transit and Lyft to travel to and from Downtown Bellevue.
Dinner out with friends
It was my friend’s birthday and she planned to have her party at a restaurant in Fremont. I decided to take the bus for this trip. The Sound Transit 550 was a straight shot to Seattle and then the King County Metro bus route 40 took me up to the spot. Since it was later in the evening I ordered a Lyft to get me back to Bellevue safe and sound. This saved me the hassle of looking for parking in Fremont!
Getting to a meeting in Seattle
I have a meeting in Seattle once a month and I typically take the 30 minute bus ride over. But when I’m in a time crunch, I order a Lyft and it typically arrives within five minutes of ordering it. The trip time is shorter than taking the bus and the cost beats taking time to look for parking and paying for it in Downtown Seattle.
Returning to Downtown Bellevue after a day with Family
My family lives up north but occasionally visits me. This past weekend we spent a day in Kirkland. Since I don’t have a car they picked me up and we carpooled to Kirkland. As our day came to an end I decided to order a Lyft to get back home since it was a short trip and so that my family didn’t have to do more driving in addition to the long drive they had ahead going back up north.
This will be a funny story and maybe some other residents in Downtown can relate. Having no car, I walked to the nearest grocery store and shopped for food for the week. But I bought more than I could carry back because I forgot that I didn’t have a car to take it all back in. I called Lyft and my driver arrived and even helped me with my groceries. I wouldn’t recommend always doing this (I just need to plan better) but it’s nice knowing Lyft is there whenever I need them.
In the week that I have been car-free, I learned that I actually don’t need a car at all to do the things I regularly do. All it takes is learning what options are out there and how it can work for you. I felt comfortable using transit and was surprised to see where and when I could use Lyft.
If you haven’t used Lyft, I’d encourage you to look into how it can work for you. If you’re going out and don’t want to drive, need to finish the last leg of your commute or need to make a quick trip without using your own car, Lyft can get you there and back. If you want to try Lyft, Bellevue Downtown readers can get a $50 credit if they are new passengers. If you’re interested in learning more about transit or alternative modes of traveling in Bellevue, visit Choose Your Way Bellevue.