The City of Tacoma launched its third In Motion program on Monday, July 1, running through Sunday, Sept. 22. Downtown In Motion offers community members who live in Downtown Tacoma the opportunity to sign up and receive free transportation tools and customized information packets. Participants are encouraged to use these tools to explore downtown and beyond using healthier travel options.
By walking, bicycling, taking the bus, riding the Link light rail or Sounder train, and carpooling to get around town and beyond, residents save time and money while helping reduce traffic and parking congestion. When Downtown Tacoma residents sign up and fill out a short travel survey they can select to receive a $20 ORCA card or rechargeable bike light, along with a customized packet of transportation information.
The first In Motion program ran in Stadium District in 2014-2015 and the second program in Hilltop between 2015-2016. Participants are invited to fill out an end of program survey. The travel survey data is compared to the end of program survey data to assess if participants tried new ways of getting around and how often.
This program is a partnership between the City, Pierce Transit, Pierce County, and Downtown On the Go. Funding is from a Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant.
Over the past five years, In Motion has reached more than 281 people in Tacoma. In Motion programs have other positive community benefits such as increased community engagement through walking, getting to know your neighbors, and retaining more money locally from shopping at nearby stores and restaurants. Many small changes in how you get around your neighborhood can have significant impacts for you, the local economy and the community.
Programs like Hilltop In Motion and Stadium In Motion have been successful all over the Pacific Northwest and across the U.S. in neighborhoods such as Bronzeville in Chicago, White Center in King County, and Ballard in Seattle. More people are leaving their cars at home and walking, biking, and using transit to get to the places they visit every day, and they are helping their own health and the health of the environment as they do so.
To sign up, visit the registration survey. For questions, email email@example.com or call (253) 591-5511. Learn more about In Motion at www.cityoftacoma.org/inmotion.