King County Commuters- Your input, please!
First off, I hope that this is the right section to post this in, I couldn't decide if this ought to be in the commuting forum or here (or neither...). So, hey, I'll just post it in both.
I'm an intern at Commuter Challenge, in Seattle. Right now, we're reviewing candidates for our Diamond Awards, which are given out annually (since '93) to workplaces in King County that make the greatest efforts towards reducing their commuting burden (i.e., less single drivers and more people riding the bus, carpooling, walking, telecommuting and... cycling!).
I was looking through the people that I've already interviewed and, well, most of the workplaces really don't deserve an award: the changes in commuting habits are mostly coming from gas prices or parking difficulties, not the company's actual interest in their employees' commute habits. So, I was hoping that some Bike Forums members from the King County, Washington area might be able to help me out.
Do you know of a company in King County that has made some serious effort to get people out of their cars, particularly in the last year? Being a cyclist myself, I'll be particularly impressed by bike-friendly programs, but the criteria certainly isn't limited to that.
Sorry about posting something a bit off topic, and thanks for the help.
I work at Qpass in Seattle. Our building has a bike storage room off the parking garage as well as a full featured locker room stocked with fresh towels. In addition to that, they pay $100 post-tax to each employee each month for transportation expenses (of course many folks use that towards parking fees, but many more buy a bus or train pass). My commute consists of a train ride on the Sounder and any where from 2-20 miles of daily riding depending on where I catch the train into Seattle.
My friend works for Amgen and the seattle branch on 15th Ave has bike lockers. They also have a shuttle for employees to use that goes back and forth between Seattle and their Bothell office to help keep the driving to a minimum. I'm not an employee there so I'm not sure what else they offer but I'm sure that they would be a good place to inquire about.