Celebrate the Start of 2020 with Us!

Downtown On the Go is having a party at 7 Seas Brewing Co. on Jan. 29, 2019 and you are all invited!

We are kicking off 2020 with lots of excitement and support. We’ll be dreaming up all the ways we can make Tacoma a better place to walk, bike, and take transit this year. With big public projects underway, there is great momentum to make our city a more connected and equitable community.  See you there!

The event is free to attend with a $50 suggested donation.

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Friday Forum: Aging In Place on January 24, 2020

In 2020, Downtown On the Go is engaging in a discussion around how Tacoma is adapting to meet the needs of our aging population.

By the year 2030 there will be more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 18 in Pierce County. The City of Tacoma is taking on the challenge of becoming a livable community by AARP standards – that means ensuring equitable access to housing, transportation, and public space for people of all ages.

First up is Aging in Place on January 24, 2020. Hear about the unique challenges related to transportation and accessibility for older adults in securing housing situations that meet their needs.

Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma Government, will moderate a discussion amongst leaders and service providers in Tacoma and Pierce County on how we sustainably house our aging neighbors and community members.

January’s panelists:
  • Ali Modarres of University of Washington Tacoma
  • Adriane Wilson, community leader and organizer
  • Matt Santelli of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center
Thank you to GeoEngineers for sponsoring this forum.
This year we are partnering with Channel 253 and their podcast “Crossing Division” to host an after show for each forum that will be a deeper dive into topic. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego. Find up-to-date event information and reading material in the Facebook event.
 
Thank you to Tacoma Arts Live for being a series sponsor and partner and to Channel 253 for being our Media Sponsor.
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Kristina Walker Among 40 Under 40 Honored at ACT Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amanda Brangwynne
abrangwynne@actweb.org

SEATTLE (November 12, 2019) – The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) celebrated the announcement of the 2019 40 Under 40 recipients at the annual TDM Forum in Seattle, WA.  Toasting the accomplishments of a tremendous group of TDM professionals and industry leaders at its annual Forum, the awardees represent a diverse cross-section of the industry, including private sector employers, city and state governments, service providers, consultants, and nonprofits committed to solving the transportation and mobility challenges facing their communities and organizations.

“The future is very bright for TDM with this impressive group of talent rising up and changing the way we look at addressing transportation and mobility.  The work of these ambitious leaders makes a very real difference in commuters’ quality of life and their creative solutions are improving the sustainability of their communities,” said ACT Executive Director David Straus.

Downtown On the Go’s Executive Director Kristina Walker was one of these awardees. Walker has led DOTG since 2011 and continues to make an impact in downtown Tacoma and beyond with her work to advocate for a connected network and educate commuters about the benefits of leaving their cars at home.

 “It’s an honor to be among such a long list of powerhouses in the transportation demand management field across the county. Now, more than ever, our communities need TDM solutions to solve congestion and manage urban growth. I’m proud to be recognized and honored to have the opportunity to do this important work every day,” said Walker.

 “I am always thrilled to see the next generation embracing TDM, and excited for this group of award recipients,” said ACT President Connie McGee. “I believe we need to keep cultivating new generations to work in transportation moving TDM forward into the future. Congratulations to the recipients!”

ACT recognized its 2019 40 Under 40 TDM Professionals at a special awards ceremony and reception sponsored by Hallcon, where attendees of the 2019 TDM Forum gathered to toast this exceptional group of emerging leaders.

 

ABOUT ACT
The Association for Commuter Transportation is the premier organization and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management (TDM) professionals.  ACT strives to create an efficient multimodal transportation system by empowering the people, places, and organizations working to advance TDM in order to improve the quality of life of commuters, enhance the livability of communities, and stimulate economic activity.

About Downtown: On the Go!
Downtown On the Go (DOTG) is the transportation advocate and resource for anyone whose daily life is downtown Tacoma. DOTG is a collaborative effort of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, and downtown businesses. DOTG helps businesses save money, position their business as an active downtown community member, improve their employees’ health and well being, and protect their local and global environment through transportation management.

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2019 ACT 40 Under 40 Recipients
Linsey Burch, Wells + Associates
Chelsea Carter, AECOM
Christopher (Chris) Chop, MaineHealth | Maine Medical Center
Abdallah Daboussi, UCLA Transportation
Ben Dalton, RideAmigos
Erin David, Alta Planning + Design
Alex Gibson, Transloc Inc.
Danielle Glaser, LinkedIn
Thomas Hamed, City of Alexandria
Michael Helta, Maryland Transit Administration
Kelly Hostetler, Luum
Rachel Jallits, Facebook
Shawn Kelly, WeDriveU
Lori La Riva, SBCAG Traffic Solutions
Christy Lee, Destination Sales & Marketing Group
Katie List, Foursquare ITP
Erica Liston, Commute with Enterprise
Lily Lowder, Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Weiser Manzano, Salesforce
Adrienne Moretz, SACOG
Louis Pappas, Bird Rides Inc.
Ross Peizer, Community Transit
Raul Peralez, San Jose Office of Council District 3
Justin Rees, Ride Systems
Marc Rivers, Nike
Aslyne Rodriguez, EmpowerBus
Jessica Sanborn, Google
Courtney Schultz, Charlotte Area Transit System
Sarah Spicer, City of Seattle Dept of Transportation
Joseph Stainsby, Vanpool Alliance
Federico Tallis, VHB
Christina Torkelson, ACHD Commuteride
Jimmy Tran, UCLA Transportation
Erick Van Wagenen, WeDriveU
Ricardo Vera, NCR
Kristina Walker, Downtown On the Go
Julia Wean, Steer
David Weisman, Scoop
Marla Westervelt, Bird Rides Inc.
Lia Yim, Kite Pharma

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Vote for Transit on Nov 5 with No on 1-976!

When you vote by Nov. 5, 2019 you have the chance to make our Tacoma City Council more walk, bike, and transit friendly. Check out the candidate video below!

The Downtown On the Go Board has voted to endorse the No on I-976 Campaign. This means that we are partnering with great organizations across the state to defend funding for all parts of our transportation system – pedestrian safety, bike infrastructure, transit service, pothole repairs, and other necessary road maintenance and improvements.

Vote no to save 62 cities from losing an average of $60 million per year for local transportation projects over the next 10 years. For Tacoma, that would mean a lost of $3 Million a year  for Tacoma’s Transportation Benefit District.

Learn more about the No Campaign here and get specific information about the impacts to Pierce County. 

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Join us at the 2019 Luncheon!

We’re looking forward to celebrating with Tacoma once again this year with our Annual Transportation Innovator Awards and Luncheon! Join us to learn a little bit more about what we do, celebrate successes, support the future of active transportation in Tacoma.

The Event:
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Pacific Grill Events Center (1530 Pacific Ave)

REGISTER FOR THE LUNCHEON HERE

Thank you to our 2019 Luncheon Sponsors!
DaVita
Fehr & Peers
HDR
Point Ruston
O’Connor and Associates

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Light Up Your Ride Oct. 24!

The air is crisp and the sky is grey –  that means Light Up Your Ride is right around the corner! Downtown On the Go wants to make sure you feel safe riding your bike in these fall and winter months, so we are handing out free bike lights on Oct 24 at Red Elm from 4 – 6 p.m.

October is Walk and Roll to school month and there is no better way to celebrate than with a new light and reflector.

This event is being hosted at Red Elm because we love them and we encourage everyone to shop at businesses being impacted by the Sound Transit Link construction.

We are very thankful to GeoEngineers for sponsoring this great event.

Bike by to pick up your light and cup of hot cocoa on us!

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Ride the Bus with Tacoma Creates this Arts Month!

Join the Ride the Bus event on October 9 and help celebrate Arts Month!  Hear about the exciting events happening this Arts Month from Community Program Specialist Chevi Chung, and get the inside scoop on the new voter-approved Tacoma Creates, an initiative that will expand equity and access to Tacoma’s arts, culture, science, and heritage programs from Tacoma Creates Manager Lisa Jaret.

Register for the event here and meet at the Tacoma Dome Station Zone E at noon for a ride on Pierce Transits’ Rte. 13.  All participants will receive a loaded ORCA card and commuter items.  The bus will return to the same location by 1 p.m.

This free event, open to the public, is a chance to learn about your community, ask questions, and have a conversation with local leaders.

For more information, contact Meagan Kula at meagank@downtownonthego.org.

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PARK(ing) Day in Tacoma

An international day of turning passive urban parking stalls into active mini-parks filled with people, plants, music, art, and games comes to downtown Tacoma on Friday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local businesses, organizations, and residents will showcase their creativity by transforming more than 30 park(ing) spaces into interactive parks along Pacific Ave. between S. 7th St. & S. 13th St. This international event, in its tenth year in Tacoma, calls attention to the need for more urban open space and challenges people to rethink the way they use their streets. Tacoma’s PARK(ing) Day, organized by Downtown On the Go, is sponsored by BLRB Architects and Metro Parks Tacoma.

2019 Highlights

  • PARK(ing) Day Passport: Maps and passports will be available at all of the parklets. By visiting five or more parklets and turning in the completed passport, visitors will be entered into a drawing for downtown gift certificates and prize baskets.
  • Food Trucks: Event food trucks will be located on Pacific Ave. between S. 11th St. & S. 12th St.
  • People’s Choice Award: Anyone can vote for their favorite park at the event or online on the DOTG Facebook page. The winner of the “People’s Choice” Award will receive a $100 gift certificate to the downtown business of their choice.

 

2019 PARK(ing) Day map & participants

 

For more information contact Meagan Kula, DOTG Events Manager at meagank@downtownonthego.org or (253) 257-8158.

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Pedal with Politicians

On Sept. 12, 2019, your Tacoma City Council Members and other local politicians are biking around Tacoma to get up close and personal with the existing (and missing) bike and trail network in downtown Tacoma. At our annual Pedal with the Politicians bike ride you can ride alongside your elected officials and City Council candidates as we look ahead to local elections and an update of the Transportation Master Plan.

Key points on this year’s ride will be:

  • Lack of safe connection between existing infrastructure
  • Bike and pedestrian connections to growing transit hubs
  • Fawcett Ave improvements and Brewery Blocks Development
  • Maintenance and perceived safety on shared-use paths like the Water Flume Line Trail and Scott Pierson

You can ride alongside Councilmembers Mello, Ibsen, Beale, McCarthy, Thoms, Ushka, and Mayor Woodards. We will also be joined by Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner Hanberg, Fife’s Mayor Roscoe, and Puyallup’s Mayor Palmer.

The best way to advocate for bicycling in Tacoma is to get out and ride. And the best way to encourage our local government to better our roads for people on bikes is to ride alongside them on Sept 12!

Unsure of the best routes in downtown Tacoma? Contact us about our Bike Buddies Program and we can match people up with a cooperative comrade.

Other questions? Email hallyb@downtownonthego.org.

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Sign up for Downtown In Motion!

Do you live in Downtown Tacoma? Interested in learning more about walking, biking, taking the bus, and ridesharing in your neighborhood? Sign up for Downtown In Motion and create a personalized packet with a free transportation tool and resources to help you explore your options.

1. Go to surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownInMotion to request your transportation packet and fill out a short survey.*

2. Select your FREE travel tool: a $20 ORCA card or rechargeable bike light.

3. Receive your transportation packet at your door!

Look for Downtown In Motion staff at community events throughout the summer, like the Broadway Farmers Market on the last Thursday of each month. We’ll be out and about to answer your questions about walking, biking, taking the bus, and sharing a ride.

*While supplies last. Limit one per person. Sign up by September 22, 2019.

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