There are several other commuting alternatives that can make abandoning single occupancy vehicle (SOV) travel more attractive to employees.
In order to encourage employees who are able to walk or bicycle to work, employers should consider installing such essential features as bicycle parking/storage and shower/locker facilities. Standard bike racks can be installed with little effort and at low cost; higher quality storage may require greater investment. Shower or changing facilities may also benefit additional employees who would like to work out over lunch, and this supplementary function may help justify installation of these accommodations.
Some employers are also involved in planning (and funding) bicycle and walking trails on or near their work sites. Employee prizes like discounts on sneakers or bike tires may add to the appeal of these programs.
Sometimes transit services or potential park-and-ride lots are nearby but not very convenient, or the walk from the transit stop to the worksite is not safe. There is a way your company can still make use of existing services: operate or subsidize shuttle services to and from the nearest transit stop(s) or lots. By offering a safe and reliable alternative to walking from the stop, you might encourage more employees to use transit.
The DCTMA can show you how this service can be established by using rented shuttles or through informal carpools or vanpools. To keep costs down, your company can provide rush-hour service only, at no cost or at a small fee to employees. This option becomes most cost-effective when several companies in the same vicinity pool their efforts and money to serve more employees. If there is a large market for this type of service, it may be beneficial to speak with a representative from the local transit provider about extending regular service or offering an official shuttle service.
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