June 22, 2018

Husky Habits | #16 – Explore Commute Options

Student with bike in the Quad. Photo by Dennis Wise.

Summer is a wonderful season for many reasons: the sun is shining, flowers are blooming all over campus, and we have more room in our schedules to enjoy the nice weather. In addition to spending time in the sunshine and getting outside with family and friends, now is a great time to reevaluate your commute.

Biking is a fun and active way to green your commute, spend more time outside, and explore Seattle in a new way. Does navigating city streets on a bike make you nervous? Check out the UW Transportation Office’s Commute Options Program to find a personalized route to campus, and try biking the route with a friend on the weekend when traffic is lighter.

Thanks to the student and employee U-PASS, public transportation is also a cheap and easy green commute to campus. There are many bus routes that come directly to campus, and all you have to do is tap on with your Husky Card. Google Maps and the OneBusAway app are helpful resources for finding a bike or bus route to campus.

If biking or bussing isn’t your thing, consider finding friends or neighbors to carpool with. Not only is carpooling greener than driving alone, but you’ll also save money on gas and parking. Switching up your commute is another great option, such as carpooling on the days you don’t bus or bike.

In May, many staff, faculty, and students celebrated Bike Everywhere Day by commuting to campus by bike! Next year, make sure to take part in this fun event and check out the various Celebration Stations located all over the city for free coffee, treats, and gear. Happy commuting!

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