Bicycling and Walking
Bicycling and walking are fun and healthy ways to commute, natural alternatives to driving a car.
Employers can promote biking or walking to work by providing:
- Shower and locker facilities on-site or at a nearby health club;
- Secure bicycle storage, such as racks or lockers;
- Subsidies or discounts on bicycling equipment and services;
- Individual route planning;
- Workshops on bicycle safety and maintenance;
- Bicycle clubs or “bike buddy” programs;
- Emergency Ride Home programs for emergencies.
What are the benefits of biking and walking to work?
Bicycling and walking to work can provide employees with:
- Flexible travel time;
- Health advantages from regular exercise;
- Reduced commuting costs;
- Personal satisfaction from supporting an environment-friendly program;
- A quicker commute for employees living nearby.
Employers benefit from a reduced demand for parking and even lower health costs.
When is biking and walking to work most appealing?
Bicycling appeals mostly to those who commute five miles or less. Walking attracts those who live less than two miles from work. These commute choices tend to attract fitness-oriented and environmentally-conscious people and are most successful in areas with a flat terrain, sidewalks, little traffic and bicycle-compatible roads.
How does an employer start a bike and walk to work program?
The local Transportation Management Association (TMA) can help an employer start a bicycling or walking program. It will:
- Identify interested employees who living near the workplace;
- Research safe routes and provide personalized route maps;
- Find where to buy and maintain equipment (and negotiating discounts);
- Support your program with Emergency Ride Home programs, bike/walk subsidies, occasional parking, etc.;
- Sponsor safe bicycling workshops and information sessions.