Shift your ride
Transportation was responsible for approximately 34% of 2018 community greenhouse gas emissions, including on-road vehicles, air travel, ferry travel and off-road vehicles and equipment. We can help improve the health of our environment and our community members by adding more biking and pedestrian infrastructure and promoting the use of electric vehicles.
City Council adopted the Sustainable Transportation Plan in March 2022. The Plan was developed to establish the long-range vision for how we travel on the island by providing a transportation system (streets, transit, trails, etc.) that improves mobility and safety for all users while respecting the character of neighborhoods and maintaining a climate resilient environment.
Scenario 2, “Connecting Centers” was identified as the preferred implementation plan and staff is currently developing a work plan of next steps for the Council’s review and direction. Scenario 2 is geared toward encouraging the City to make new investments in transportation projects and programs, with potential voter-supported funding as a complement early on or midway through implementation. With nearly $31 million available over 6 years, this scenario focuses on rapid implementation and delivery of a marquee “Connecting Centers” project that would provide a complete all-ages-and-abilities spine, as well as traffic calming projects on key routes.
You can view the Plan and learn more about Scenario 2 here (PDF).
Shifting your transportation mode is one of the most important actions you can personally take to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and help the Bainbridge Island community meet our climate action goals. Walking, biking and taking public transit can help you save money and significantly reduce your climate impact!
Almost 50% of car trips are less than 3 miles long - a great distance for a bike trip! Replacing one car trip a week with a bike trip can help reduce pollution and congestion, and improve your health. If big hills are keeping you from making those short trips by bicycle, an electric bike may be a good option. Many local bicycle shops stock electric bikes (or e bikes) which can be charged in a standard outlet at your home.
Have you tried BI Ride? BI Ride is an on-demand, shared-ride service for getting almost anywhere on Bainbridge Island. Download the Ride Pingo app, request your ride and the bus will pick you up wherever you are. No need to walk to a bus stop. Once you’ve requested a ride, the app displays a map showing the real-time location of the bus and the approximate ETA (in minutes) for when the bus will arrive at your pickup location. The $2.00 fare is payable with the Ride Pingo app, cash, or with your ORCA card.
- Use the online Kitsap Transit Trip Planner to find the quickest routes to your favorite local spots both on the Island and beyond.
- Download the BI Ride on-demand transit app to request a ride whenever, wherever you need it.
- View the Guide to Walking, Cycling and Paddling on Bainbridge Island (PDF) - Front Page, Back Page
- Explore Bainbridge Island cycling maps from Squeaky Wheels
- Check out safe routes to schools, attractive options beyond driving, and more resources from Bainbridge GreenWays.
- Learn about the Sound to Olympics Trail project, which provides a separated shared-use pathway along the SR305 Corridor.
- Explore trail maps from the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District.
- Pick up the Trails on Bainbridge Island map, with 42 miles of the island’s public trail network.
Electric vehicles (EVs) reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality because they do not have a tailpipe. Instead of consuming and combusting fossil fuels like a gas car, an EV uses a battery to power an electric motor. When walking, biking, or public transportation are not available, driving an EV is a great way to reduce emissions and help us meet our climate action goals.
- Check out the PSE website for information about charging at home and maps of charging stations across the state.
- Visit Electric For All to explore and compare new EV models.
- Learn about hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and all-electric vehicles from the US Department of Energy.
- Some plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles qualify for a $2,500 to $7,500 federal tax credit. Washington State also offers sales and use tax exemptions for alternative fuel vehicles and plug-in hybrids.
- Plugshare and Chargepoint maps indicate charger types and availability in Bainbridge Island and neighboring cities. Heading out of the area? Check out the U.S. Department of Energy map to locate public charging stations nationwide.