Now you can take Light Rail to Nordstrom!

November 20, 2011 by  
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Of course you always could take Light Rail to Nordstrom – there’s a station in their basement.  But now, as of today, if you go to the Nordstrom website and look for directions – you can get not only driving directions but also walking and transit directions.  Go ahead, try it: http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/1/directions# If you give […]

Don’t hold your breath… BUT…

November 3, 2011 by  
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I just got word from Todd at Nordstrom that change is on the way: We are having a new Store Information/Events redesign that is launching on 11/14.  The map/directions will be hosted by Bing, and it will include walking and transit directions in addition to driving directions.  As for transit, it will include bus information, […]

A Lovely Day for an Undrive

October 29, 2011 by  
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What to do on an unexpectedly lovely sunny day in October?  Go for an Undrive, of course!  The number 8 bus took me down to Othello Station, where I dropped in on Dick and Mona at the Whistle Stop Cafe.  From there I got on the Light Rail to downtown, got off in the Nordstrom […]

Corporate Responsibility during ViaDoom Week

October 24, 2011 by  
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My Undrive-a-Thon pledge was to persuade Nordstrom, our local family-owned mega retailer, to brag on their website about the Light Rail station in their basement, rather than giving shoppers only driving directions.  A couple weeks ago I got a promise from “Shelby” that the website would in fact be updated to include other transportation modes. […]

ViaDoom – a Perfect Day to Undrive!

October 22, 2011 by  
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Today’s the first day of ViaDoom – our infamous Alaska Way Viaduct will be shut down for 9 days for the first phase of its demolition.  The doomed segment was open this morning as a public walkway, so my daughter and I rode down on our bikes in the drizzle to join the celebration. The […]

Zipping to Tumwater

October 20, 2011 by  
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I have to go to Tumwater tomorrow for work.  I looked into the Undriving options: I could spend 4 hours taking 4 buses and the Sounder commuter train to get there (and another 4 hours to get back).  If I use my bike for some of those bus connections, I might be able to shave […]

Ordinary Undriving

October 16, 2011 by  
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Since I was a child, I have attended University Friends Meeting in the U-district in Seattle.  When the “new” Meeting House was built in 1963, this lovely combination bike rack/bench array was installed at the main entrance. These bike racks announce to everyone who comes by that we expect people to arrive by bike.  And […]

Rainy day – dry ride!

October 11, 2011 by  
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Last night I woke up in the middle of the night listening to the rain thundering down and the wind banging the plum tree against the house, and I expected I’d have a soaking ride to work. So I put on my rain pants and rain jacket when I headed out in the morning – […]

Undrive-a-Thon Day 10

October 10, 2011 by  
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OMG – we’re a third of the way through October – and I have $450 left to raise of my $500 fundraising goal!  I’ve made progress on my Undriving Pledge: Nordstrom PROMISES to add transit and walking (and maybe biking?) directions to their website this fall.  But I need to stop being shy about asking […]

Love on the Light Rail – Woulda missed this if driving!

Love on the Light Rail – Woulda missed this if driving!

Riding the Light Rail on the day it opened with my step-granddaughter, she befriended the little boy sitting in front of us. By the time we reached the end of the line, they had fallen in love. On the ride back to town he asked her to come see his Lego collection, but she declined. […]

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