Meet the Staff: Laura

Name: Laura Svancarek
Occupation: CTR Coordinator
Employer: Downtown On the Go
Gets around by: Bus or Walk

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live on Sheridan near 15th, and work downtown on S. 11th and Pacific.

How do you get there?
I take the 57 bus down the hill to Commerce, and the 28 bus back up the hill to Cushman. It is a 5-minute walk to get to and from the bus stops to my apartment.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
My ORCA Card is provided through my work, so taking the bus is a good way to cut down costs. Not only do I not pay for gas, but I don’t have to pay for parking. It saves me a couple of dollars every time I work downtown, which quickly adds up! The bus routes I take are very efficient, so it takes about 10 minutes longer to take the bus as it would to drive downtown and find a parking spot.

What’s in it for you?
I’ve always loved taking the bus. It forces me to wake up on time and get out the door when I need to, and walking 5 minutes to the stop helps to get my brain working in the mornings.

Most importantly, I absolutely hate trying to park downtown. Finding a spot near where I’m going, parallel parking while people watch, cars waiting for me to get out of their way… it’s so stressful! By taking the bus, I get a few extra minutes to relax with my phone instead of worrying about parking.

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Look at your options. If the times don’t work, or if you don’t want to walk across a busy street (I’ll take an earlier ride over crossing 19thanytime!), there might be other route options nearby. Have your fare ready to go in your pocket. When I’m taking a new route for the first time, I’ll usually have maps open on my phone so I can track how close I am to my stop.

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Celebrate 10 Years of Walk Tacoma

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore downtown Tacoma on
foot through Downtown On the Go’s Walk Tacoma series. This year the series will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with favorite walk events from the past nine years,
including the Walk Tacoma Kick-Off in Wright Park.

The kick-off on National Walking Day (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) from 12 -1 p.m. is in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The 1.5-mile walk will be led by historians Melissa McGinnis and Former Mayor Bill Baarsma, highlighting two of Tacoma’s gems: Wright Park and Stadium High School. The free walk, sponsored by Metro Parks Tacoma, will start and end at the lion sculptures at the south end of Wright Park. Registration and check-in will be open from 11:30a.m. – 12 p.m.

Participants can save time by registering online for the entire series at www.downtownonthego.org. The first 100 people to register online and check-in at the kick-off will receive a Walk Tacoma 10-year anniversary t-shirt, and the first 300 participants to check-in or register will receive a swag bag.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest, is a six-event walking series held on the first Wednesday of the month, from April through August.  All walks in the series include activities for children provided by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and, new the year, American Sign Language interpretation.

For more information on the full Walk Tacoma series visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Good Design & Public Space

Join us on March 22, from noon – 1 p.m. at the Pantages Theater, as we investigate how beautiful public space betters a city, how art makes you feel safer on the sidewalk, and what murals mean for livability. Tanisha Jumper, Director of Media & Communications at the City of Tacoma, will moderate a discussion with experts about the best and worst uses of public space in Tacoma and how we can reorientate our community around these shared resources. Hear from:

In the 9th year of the Friday Forum Series, Downtown On the Go is taking you back to class. Review the fundamental elements of transportation and explore the connections between how our cities are built and your favorite subjects in school. Each forum includes a lesson related to Tacoma’s past, present, and future. Forums are free and open to the public and this forum is part of a three-part series and other topics that include:

  • History: Institutionalized Racism and Urban Planning
  • Math: Traffic Equations and the Value of Moving People

This forum will be accompanied by a Tacoma Roots event. Tacoma Roots is an anti-racist environmental justice community forum for learning and discussion. Their leadership influences policy and community movements. We are excited to be partnering with them in 2019. For those who cannot attend, join the conversation on Mar 22, on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego.

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Ride the Bus with Rhubarb!

March 16, 2019
Noon – 2 p.m.
Ride from 10th & Commerce to Cheney Stadium

There are many exciting things coming to Cheney Stadium this year and the best way to get there is on the Pierce Transit Rte 2.

The Rte 2 goes from Lakewood to Tacoma Community College and runs frequently until 10 p.m. Take your favorite route downtown and easily hop on this bus that takes you right to the game.

The Rainiers’ opening day is April 9th, but before that you can cheer on the Tacoma Defiance! And with the Reign FC coming to Tacoma, Rhubarb and Casey Catherwood, creative director with the Tacoma Rainiers, will have lots to share on this ride.

Please RSVP as space is limited. 

Email hallyb@downtownonthego.org with any questions.

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Barley & Berries Bash 2019

Experience an evening out on the water at the Foss Waterway Seaport and join Downtown On the Go for our annual Barley & Berries Bash Fundraising event on August 22, 2019! While you’re here, enjoy tastings from local wineries and breweries along with delicious food, a silent auction, dessert dash, live music from Kim Archer, and an opportunity to make a donation.

The VIP Party aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain is back by popular demand! Join us for this incredible pre-party on the Thea Foss with music, appetizers, and a signature drink.

General Admission Bash Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
VIP Bash Time: 5 to 6 p.m.

Event Attire: Business Formal (No need for a tux, but we want to see how well you clean up!)

Purchase your tickets here.

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Traffic Equations and the Value of Moving People

Join us on Feb 22, from noon – 1 p.m. at the Pantages Theater as we breakdown the numbers on how we move people throughout Tacoma. We’ll be investigating the gaps in our transportation system and what pathways can lead to a more connected and equitable network. Tanisha Jumper, Director of Media & Communications at the City of Tacoma, will moderate a discussion with experts about who pays for these improvements and discuss how we prioritize where these improvements are realized. In the 9th year of the Friday Forum Series, Downtown On the Go is taking you back to class. Review the fundamental elements of transportation and explore the connections between how our cities are built and your favorite subjects in school. Each forum includes a lesson related to Tacoma’s past, present, and future. Forums are free and open to the public and this forum is part a three-part series and other topics that include:

  • History: Institutionalized Racism and Urban Planning
  • Art: Good Design and Public Space (Mar 29)

This forum will be accompanied by a Tacoma Roots event. Tacoma Roots is an anti-racist environmental justice community forum for learning and discussion. Their leadership influences policy and community movements. We are excited to be partnering with them in 2019. For those who cannot attend, join the conversation on Feb 22, on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego.

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We’re Growing – and Hiring!

Downtown On the Go’s team is growing!

Programs Manager (Feb. 15, 2019)
We’re hiring a Programs Manager to lead new and existing programs and projects as we expand our reach. Programs include our Live Close to Work and Bike to a Business programs, and local agency contracts.  We’re looking for someone with experience in transportation demand management (TDM) and project management. Link to the detailed job description.

Transportation Liaisons (March 1, 2019)
We’re hiring up to five transportation liaisons to support all events and outreach from March – December 2019. We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic about transportation options and talking to the public. This dynamic job is a great way to get your start in transportation demand management (TDM) or public outreach. Liaisons will have flexible schedules and will work weekends. Link to the detailed job description.

All positions are open until filled. Questions? Call Kristina Walker at 253-259-9421.

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We’re Growing – and Hiring!

Downtown On the Go’s team is growing!

Programs Manager (Feb. 15, 2019)
We’re hiring a Programs Manager to lead new and existing programs and projects as we expand our reach. Programs include our Live Close to Work and Bike to a Business programs, and local agency contracts.  We’re looking for someone with experience in transportation demand management (TDM) and project management. Link to the detailed job description.

Transportation Liaisons (March 1, 2019)
We’re hiring up to five transportation liaisons to support all events and outreach from March – December 2019. We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic about transportation options and talking to the public. This dynamic job is a great way to get your start in transportation demand management (TDM) or public outreach. Liaisons will have flexible schedules and will work weekends. Link to the detailed job description.

All positions are open until filled. Questions? Call Kristina Walker at 253-259-9421.

 

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Tactical Urbanism to Tactical Stream Restoration

In December 2018, Downtown On the Go partnered with the City of Tacoma to activate Tollefson Plaza. 

Part of this activation was adding greenery with Fir and Spruce trees from Watson’s Greenhouse. Trees and green space are important for public space because green space provides recreational area for residents and helps to enhance the beauty and environmental quality of neighborhoods. In the case of Tollefson Plaza, the trees helped to fill in the vacant space making it more inviting and safer.

Pierce Conservation District accepted our donation of 25 trees and found them good homes throughout Pierce County.

The two projects the trees will support are the Deer Creek Floodplain Restoration Project and the Silver Creek Restoration project.

Deer Creek
In preparation for the City’s project PCD is restoring the floodplain upstream of this fish barrier so when the barrier is removed the fish habitat will be improved.  Currently the site is covered with invasive reed canary grass and blackberry.  Crews have cut down the blackberry and will be installing 4,000 fast-growing willows in late January.  The Spruce trees will be installed here.

Silver Creek
Ongoing restoration activities along the Silver Creek corridor, overseen by PCD.  The Doug Fir trees will be installed here by PCD Habitat Stewards.

Our Tollefson trees will help make an immediate impact once planted. We are happy to have a great partner in Pierce Conservation District and to find ways that help improve our both urban and more rural environments.

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Keep Tacoma Moving!

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

We are kicking off 2019 with loads 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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