Metro is bringing a program to encourage people who live, work, and/or go to school on Capitol Hill to get out of cars — and keep track of it — for prizes, giveaways, and a strong sense of public transit righteousness. “By taking part in the program, residents can find more ways to give their car a break and explore healthier transportation options available in their neighborhood by taking the bus, walking, bicycling, carpooling and more,” Metro’s marketing exclaims.
You can sign up for Capitol Hill In Motion here.
For those who already don’t regularly use a car, Metro is also offering rewards for sharing your story — but, just saying, the prizes seem better for ditching a car.
The program is run by
Alta Planning Colehour + Cohen for Metro and has been previously introduced in Juanita, South Park – White Center, Squire Park, West Seattle, and North Seattle/Shoreline. (Alta ran the first iterations of the program.) CHS is a community partner in the project to help spread the word.
The full announcement and information on signing up is below.
King County Metro’s In Motion program has arrived in the Capitol Hill area – featuring a free ORCA card and prize drawings for people who pledge to drive less.
By taking part in the program, residents can find more ways to give their car a break and explore healthier transportation options available in their neighborhood by taking the bus, walking, bicycling, carpooling and more. Take a pledge by Aug. 7 to drive less and get an ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel.
Participants who register online and log their weekly progress will be entered in the bi-weekly drawings for gift cards to local businesses. Those who sign up and log their trips will also receive entry into the grand prize drawing for a Fitbit Alta.
The program follows the recent extension of Sound Transit Link light rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. Link now connects Capitol Hill with downtown Seattle or UW in four minutes and provides additional connections to SODO, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley and Sea-Tac Airport. Trains come every six to 10 minutes for much of the day. Capitol Hill also has frequent, all-day transit service available on the First Hill Streetcar and Metro Routes 8, 10, 11, 12, 48 and 49. A video series shows the ways riders can make Link connections, and an interactive map is among special online tools to help riders get started.
Along with these transportation options, residents can also try out car sharing with Zipcar (the application fee is waived for participating In Motion members), or bike sharing with Pronto Cycle Share.
Over the past 12 years, In Motion has reached nearly 23,000 people and has helped 36 King County neighborhoods reduce over 3.2 million miles of drive alone trips. Since 2004, In Motion has provided communities with tools and information on how they can expand their travel options. Those already living a car-free lifestyle can still participate by signing up for the car-free program. With In Motion, Capitol Hill residents can now do less driving and more living, all while earning great rewards.