Walk Tacoma: Scavenger Hunt 2021

Curious about Downtown Tacoma? Want to get outside and celebrate summer? Then DOTG has the event for you! Starting out virtually on August 5, the free challenge will send you on a journey through downtown to decode clues, do activities, and visit locations on foot, on bike or skateboard, or by bus and Link.

Register here!

The event, sponsored by Pierce Transit, Commencement Bank and the Downtown Tacoma Partnership will be held over the week of August 5 – 12, with an in-person event on August 12.  Participants should register online by Monday, August 2, and will receive details and clue sheets via email at noon on Thursday, August 5.  On the hunt, participants complete as many activities and questions as possible. Results are due by 7pm on Thursday, August 12 at an in-person event (5p-7p), with music, activities, prizes, and opportunities to meet with DOTG staff and sponsors. Answers can also be submitted via email.

Build a team of colleagues from work, grab a pal or two, work individually, or bring the family to learn more about active transportation, explore great Tacoma locations, and get out into the community. All ages are welcome.  Scavenger hunters can work individually or create a team up to five members. Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals who achieve certain point levels based on responses and activities. Engage with Downtown On the Go social media during the hunt by using unique hashtags, sharing photos and checking in at specific locations. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone!

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare and Greentrike, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their twelfth year, encourage people to enjoy downtown on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. We’re happy to be back in-person with everyone, and all the 2020 and 2021 walks are still available virtually and can be accessed on the walk page at www.downtownonthego.com. For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series visit us at downtownonthego.com/go/walking/2021-walk-tacoma-series or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Meet the Staff: Alex

Name:  Alex Meacham
Occupation:  Development and Communications Manager
Employer: Downtown On the Go
Gets around by: Car, Bus, and a little walking!

Where do you live and where do you work?
Right now, I live in Gig Harbor and commute across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to downtown Tacoma through multi-modal transit options!

How do you get there?
I drive to the TCC Transit Center, which has a commuter parking lot, and leave my hybrid car there for the workday, while I take the 1, 2, or 28 bus lines into downtown!

It’s then just a crosswalk and an elevator to work! No parking garages or parallel parking required.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
Only driving partway to work means saving on gas and saving on parking fees. My ORCA card is provided by my work, so I don’t even need to pay bus fares!

It costs me ~$1.22 each way in gas to go all the way to work. By stopping at TCC, I save 53 cents every trip, as well as ~$8-10 in parking fees.

I also intend to either move to this side, or start taking the bus across the bridge too, which will cut out another $5 toll.

What’s in it for you?
Commuting to work means that I come out of the pandemic with a good routine, to an area I’m relatively new to, and get to explore on foot every day.

I also don’t have to spend as much on my car, and I lessen my carbon footprint a little! (Plus, I’m a very slow parallel parker, and I know folks would rather me not hold up the whole street!)

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to try it out! The bus system might seem a little scary for a first-time rider, but the drivers are helpful, and courteous, and always happy to help you find your way!

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Walk Tacoma: Pride Walk

Learn about the history of the Rainbow Center, the resource hub for the LGBTQ2S+ community that has served the South Puget Sound community for more than 20 years. Tour stops include previous office locations for the organization, event locales for Out in the Park & Tacoma Pride, and historical locations of gay-friendly and drag show establishments that helped shape and support the LGBTQ2S+ community in Tacoma. The 1.4-mile walk, in partnership with Rainbow Center and sponsored by Community Health Care, will be available on the free GeoTourist app starting on July 7. The tour begins at Wright Park.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their twelfth year, encourage people to enjoy Tacoma on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 walks will be available virtually through the GeoTourist app.

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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Annual Luncheon: Back to Business

Back to Business Luncheon – Pathways to Tacoma’s Equitable Recovery

Thursday, Jun 24 | 12p – 1p

Register Here

As we are emerging from a year characterized for many by fewer commutes, and less movement overall, we have the opportunity to re-examine our transportation systems to make sure there is an efficient and fair mix of mobility options.  The recovery and reopening of Tacoma’s businesses relies on an equitable, accessible and functional transportation system. Downtown On the Go has worked together with our community and leaders to make it easier to walk, bike and take transit for more than 10 years. We can’t wait to share our efforts with you at our annual luncheon at 12:00 on June 24, 2021. This virtual event will feature remarks from local leaders Senator T’wina Nobles, Mayor Victoria Woodards and Pierce County Councilmember Ryan Mello. Join us to learn how you can make an impact, as we highlight the pathways to Tacoma’s equitable recovery.

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Bus to the Farmers Markets!

It’s summer in Tacoma and the farmers markets are waiting for you!

This year, consider taking transit instead of driving to the markets. There are several farmers markets to visit and many different bus routes to get you there.

Learn more about how to get to each farmers market in more detail here.

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Walk Tacoma: The History Behind the Names

Learn more about the most influential names behind some of downtown Tacoma’s well-known (or not as well-known) landmarks. Hear from local experts about famous Tacomans Thea Foss, Charles Wright, Theodore Hosmer and Willie Stewart – who have all shaped the city’s history, and still have an impact in our community today. The 1.6-mile walk will be available on the free GeoTourist app starting on June 9. The tour begins at Wright Park.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their twelfth year, encourage people to enjoy Tacoma on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 walks will be available virtually through the GeoTourist app.

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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May Speak Up Training

Your voice matters! There are many opportunities to advocate for what you believe in around Pierce County. By engaging with local elected officials, you can help change Tacoma for the better.

Join Downtown On the Go for a Speak Up training, May 25th at 1pm. We’ll cover why you should get involved, how to craft effective public comment that catches elected officials’ attention, and the best ways to speak up for walking, biking, transit, and trails.

Come with a topic you care about and we’ll work together to write your comments, ready to present at City Council or the public forum of your choice!

Register for this Speak Up Training on Zoom here.

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We’re hiring: Development & Communications Manager

Join our team to support all Downtown On the Go programs, advocacy and events. We are hiring for a Development & Communications Manager who will support the Executive Director and Board of Directors in resource development including grant writing, donor data management, donor cultivation, major event planning, major giving and corporate sponsorships. The role will also coordinate marketing and public relations efforts to increase funding by elevating name recognition and consistent brand awareness. The ideal candidate will be great at working with a wide variety of partners to grow audiences, and support DOTG’s mission to decrease the number of single-occupancy vehicles and make downtown Tacoma a healthy, vibrant, and equitable place to live, work, and play.

View the full job description.

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to tracy@downtownonthego.org. All applications must be received by 5:00 pm on May 11th, 2021. The first review of resumes will occur on May 12th.

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Bike Bingo!

Celebrate Bike Month by participating in Downtown On the Go’s (DOTG) Bike Bingo Event between May 6 and June 4! Download your Bingo Card, or grab it from our Facebook and Instagram pages, then check off boxes by completing activities, visiting locations, and learning about bike infrastructure in Tacoma. Emily DOTG’s Event Coordinator, Emily Nakada-Alm (emilyn@downtownonthego.org) with questions.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Complete a single-row* bingo to win a prize, or a full “black out” to be entered to win a grand prize. (*Note: 1 prize per participant, even if you complete more than 1 row.)
  • Email completed bingo cards to emilyn@downtownonthego.org. Please write location or activity details on each space that requires more information.
  • Submit photos via email (emilyn@downtownonthego.org) for each completed bingo space in order to receive prizes.
  • Winners will be notified via email, and prizes can be picked up at the DOTG booth at the June 3rd Broadway Farmers Market or at 2nd Cycle (dates/times TBD).

DOTG is proud to join organizations across Tacoma-Pierce County to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling for transportation and recreation this May. In light of these unprecedented times – this Bike Month will look different from years past – but organizations participating in Bike Month will be sharing bicycling-related resources, activities, and tips throughout the month. Get more info about Bike Month here, and follow Tacoma Mobility on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with events and activities.

Thank you to the DOTG volunteer Bike Committee and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Communities of Interest for supporting our Bike Month events.

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Bike to the Downtown Farmers Market

Celebrate Bike Month by cycling to the Downtown Farmers Market on May 6th (10am-3pm, on Broadway between S. 9th and St. 11th)! Visit the Downtown On the Go (DOTG) booth to get more information about bike resources as well as details for the events we have planned for the summer, including Bike Bingo and our Walk Tacoma series. The Market will be generously offering $2 market tokens to those that travel by bike to the market on May 6th, so don’t forget to stop by the Market info booth to get yours!

DOTG is proud to join organizations across Tacoma-Pierce County to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling for transportation and recreation this May. In light of these unprecedented times – this Bike Month will look different from years past – but organizations participating in Bike Month will be sharing bicycling-related resources, activities, and tips throughout the month. Get more info about Bike Month here, and follow Tacoma Mobility on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with events and activities.

Thank you to the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Communities of Interest for sponsoring our Bike Month events.

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