At Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) we love the car-lite/car-free life and want you to as well. But we get it – sometimes you need to drive to work, even though you might prefer to walk or bike. The good news is that you’re not alone and there are still ways that everyone can share the road and their commute, regardless of mode. Here are five tips all colleagues can use to empower each other on their commute.
1. Learn Each Other’s Commutes
You just found out your colleague bikes to work. Even though you need to drive to work, you want to support your colleague. Talk to each other, learn about each other’s daily commute. There might even be a rainy day you can offer your colleague a ride home.
2. Learn About Your Options
The check engine light just came on. Disaster? No way, because you know about nearby bus routes that get you pretty close to your place of work. Having a backup is always a good idea. Plus, if you know the backup options, you can likely share that same advice with a colleague.
3. Understand Your Circumstances
Circumstances change and even though you may need to drive so you can pick up your kids from daycare, that won’t always be the case. As your life situation changes, so can your commute. Rethink your commute at least once a year.
4. Talk to Your Employer
An easier commute could start with your employer. Commutes and employee retention go hand-in-hand and a low stress or active commute can boost overall morale, well-being and in some instances lower health care costs (up to 30%). If you don’t have the tools you need, like a transit benefit or secure bike parking, you and your colleagues should speak to your employer.
Pro tip: Invite ATP to speak with your employer, we’re great at this sort of thing. In fact, it’s literally our job.
5. Ask for Help
ATP is your trusted resource for building a customized commute or for learning about your transportation options. You can also visit one of Arlington’s Commuter Stores to grab free maps or ask for help on a range of topics including SmarTrip cards or E-ZPass transponders.
Put Your Knowledge to Work
Now that you know more about different commute options, it is easier to support your colleague. You might have found an emergency backup plan for yourself in the process. You may even be more inspired to try a different mode. As the saying goes, knowledge is power, so read our blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay empowered.
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