Bike & Ride Twitter Photo Contest

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Entering the contest is easy:

  1. Tweet a photo of your Bike & Ride May 12–31, 2014, and include the hashtag #mydartride.
  2. Follow @ridedart.
  3. Cross your fingers!

You may enter as many times as you would like during the sweepstakes period. Winners will be selected at random and notified via Twitter direct message.

Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

  • 1-year secure bike storage at DART Central Station
  • June Express Plus bus pass
  • DART swag

Runner Ups (2)

  • June Express Plus bus pass
  • DART swag

For complete contest rules, please click here.

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Bike to Work Week

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May is National Bike Month, and DART is celebrating with Bike to Work Week. Board with a bike May 12-16, 2014, and you’ll ride free.

Bike racks are available on all DART buses. Riders are responsible for loading, securing and removing their bikes from the racks.

Putting Bikes on the Bus Rack

  • Ensure the bus is completely stopped before stepping in front of the bus.
  • If the rack is in the upright position, squeeze the release handle on the top and lower the rack.
  • Lift your bike into the wheel slots. If there is already a bike on the rack, load yours in the opposite direction in the remaining slot.
  • When your bike is loaded, lift the support arm up and over the front bike tire as close to the bike frame as possible.

Removing Bikes from the Bus Rack

  • Exit the bus through the front door, letting the operator know you will be unloading your bike.
  • Lift the support arm from the bike’s front tire and take it out of the rack.
  • If the rack is empty, raise the rack up against the bus.

For complete instructions on how to load and unload your bike, click here.

For more information about DART services or this promotion, please call Customer Service at 515-283-8100 or email dart@ridedart.com.

May is Bike Month

This month is Bike Month in Des Moines and DART is a cyclist’s friend.

All DART buses are equipped with bike racks, making it convenient for you to bike & ride around the city. In 2013, DART carried 52,418 bicycles, which shows that taking the bus is the perfect way to get to your bicycling destination, or your relaxing way back after a great ride.

DART Central Station is Downtown Des Moines’ premier intermodal facility with public bike racks available along the north sidewalk of the station fronting 6th Avenue. Also, at the corner of 6th Avenue & Cherry Street is the DART Central Station B-Cycle Station, the bike-sharing system in Downtown Des Moines.

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If you’re looking for a way to store your bike out of the elements, reserve a spot in the bike storage room at DART Central Station. Members have card access to secure bicycle storage and changing rooms. Become a member for $50 a year with a one-time refundable $50 deposit for the access card. The bike storage facility is accessible Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Take DART to the Drake Relays

Drake Relays are returning to Des Moines April 23-27. Beat the parking and take DART to events in and around Des Moines.

The Drake Campus is conveniently serviced by Route 3 – University Avenue, and Route 60 – University/Ingersoll Loop with regular and all-day service along University Avenue. For directions and schedules, use the MyDART Trip Planner to plan your weekend fun.

A reminder to Drake University students and employees, rides on DART bus routes are free when you show your current student ID to the bus operator when boarding. A regular cash fare is $1.75 per trip.

Enjoy the Relays!

Way Back Wednesday 3/12

Over 75 years ago, the Des Moines Railway Company held a contest to name the new “trackless trolleys” that were coming to the city. These new trolleys would be powered by overhead electric cables, but would feature rubber wheels and no longer need to run on tracks in the street.contest
The winning name “Curbliner” was selected by the judges after they had combed through all of the entries. The name Curbliner was actually submitted by several contestants, so a required 50 word essay guided the final decision of the judges to award the $500 first place prize.contest winners.

Today, DART pays homage to these trackless trolleys of the past in the form of a conference room at DART Central Station dubbed the “Curbliner Room”.

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What do you think of downtown Des Moines? Take this survey

Dear Readers:

DART is certainly proud of its own progress being made in downtown Des Moines: Construction on DART Central Station is in full swing and it is expected to open on time in late 2012.

But what do you think of downtown Des Moines as a whole? Is it clean? Safe? What do you do here? Do you live here, work here, play here, or all of the above?

That’s what Operation Downtown wants to know. Take a minute to complete the following survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/OD2011Survey.

No Internet? Call it in between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515-286-4943.  The survey is open throughout December 2011.

Fill out the survey for civic duty. The final product — basically, a report card on downtown — will be used to identify ways of making downtown even better.

Or do it for selfish reasons. Participants have a chance to win an iPad2. Good luck!

Your editor,

Gunnar Olson

Take Your Best Shot

Dear Readers:

A challenge for you the next time you ride DART: Grab your camera and take your best shot.

DART is holding a Community Photo Contest and is calling for submissions. Click here for contest rules.

Do it to show your love for DART. Or do it for a chance to win a $150 Visa card. Either way. We won’t discriminate.

We want photos of showing DART out in the many communities it serves. Not just in the metro, but many miles beyond if you’re a RideShare vanpool customers. We want photos of customers, stops, buses, vans — anything and everything that illustrates DART as a vital thread in the community fabric.

Bit of inspiration from DART’s collection:

Can you do better? Just keep  the photos clean and we won’t have any problems. Email your best photos to dart@ridedart.com or mail them to 1100 DART Way, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Good luck!

— Gunnar