Program helps residents walk, bicycle, and take transit more frequently and provides customized Healthy Travel Info Packets and great incentive rewards for participants
The King County Metro Transit “In Motion” program launched in Juanita in July has now been expanded to all Kirkland residents. The program offers participants detailed travel information and rewards when they walk, cycle, ride the bus, or share rides instead of driving alone.
Over the past three months, Juanita-area residents have left their vehicles at home for more than 3,200 trips, saved more than 3,000 gallons of gas, and avoided producing nearly 60,000 pounds of carbon emissions.
“This program is making a real difference to Juanita residents,” said Metro program manager Carol Cooper. “Participants report that they feel healthier and are saving money, while everyone benefits from cleaner air and fewer cars on the road.”
Metro Transit has now decided to extend the program to all Kirkland residents. Anyone who lives, works, or plays in the city of Kirkland can register for the program to receive healthy travel information and free ride tickets for Metro Transit and Sound Transit. If residents pledge to drive less, they can earn rewards such as free transit fares, local merchant gift cards, and other incentive prizes, just for reducing car trips.
Community partners in the local In Motion program include Sustainable Kirkland and the City of Kirkland. Local sponsors have donated prizes, including: Spud’s Fish and Chips; urban COFFEE lounge; ACE Wellness; Kirkland Parks; AA Sushi; Everyday Athlete; and Emerald Garden.
The Kirkland program runs through Nov. 13. Information is available online, or by calling the In Motion hotline at 206-296-3455.
Over the past six years, Metro’s grant-funded In Motion program has reached residents in more than 20 King County neighborhoods. Metro estimates the programs have reduced more than 1.3 million miles of driving, 66,000 gallons of gas, and 674 tons of CO2 emissions.