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.
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
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
The TMA can:
Identify interested employees who live near the workplace
Research safe routes and provide personalized route maps
Find where to buy and maintain equipment (and possible discounts)
Provide tips and general information for use of parks and paths
Support your program with Emergency Ride Home programs, bike/walk subsidies, occasional parking, etc.
Sponsor safe bicycling workshops and information sessions.