Some 20 years ago, Robert Stiles decided to stop using his car for his daily work commute. Instead, he began taking the bus and riding his bike from Edmonds to Seattle each weekday.
It worked so well for him that he began leaving the car home more often, using bus and bike to get around on his own time. After tracking his commute habits as part of the Curb the Congestion program, Stiles estimates that in 2016 he saved about 335 gallons of gas that he otherwise would have pumped if he were driving his car for every trip.
His dedication to environmentally-friendly transportation options won him the honor of Curb the Congestion Champion of the 2nd Quarter 2017 from Community Transit.
Stiles now commutes by bicycle and bus from Edmonds to Seattle five days a week, rain or shine. He also leads a bike team during Bike Month, and encourages his friends and coworkers to give smart transportation a try. His trips logged in the Curb the Congestion saved 1,139 drive-alone trips and $2,513.
Community Transit’s Curb the Congestion and Smart Commuter Rewards are two programs that target large employers and the most-congested corridors in Snohomish County and Bothell to reduce drive-alone trips, and recognize individuals who use smart transportation options. So far in 2017 these programs combined removed 233,134 drive-alone trips from our roads, and prevented 2.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the air we breathe.
You can learn more about the Choice Connections program and sign up to start receiving rewards by visiting Choice Connections.