May is National Bike Month, which not only brings us Bike to Work Day, but plenty of other excuses to get out on the bike lanes, roads, and trails to start biking. While new riders may typically feel anxious about a bike commute, the month provides additional resources to help you find your way and feel confident getting on a bike.
Commuter benefits and programs
Your business or property can benefit through vanpool transportation and other sustainable transportation programs.
It’s no secret that DC area commuters suffer through lengthy commutes to get to work. In fact, the region is consistently ranked a top city for traffic congestion where the average employee spends 40 minutes to commute over 17 miles one-way. What you may not know is how your employee—who just sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic to get to work by 9:00 a.m.—is affecting your company’s bottom line.
The benefits of taking transit, carpooling, biking, and walking have been well documented for adults commuting to work, and for tweens and teens. However, these options are not always feasible, especially for parents with younger children.
Providing great bike-related amenities will help your building stay ahead of the curve, especially with the increased popularity of biking in the DC region. The Arlington County Bike Parking Standards Guide offers guidance for buildings wanting to upgrade or add bike storage facilities; however, this blog showcases properties that have gone above and beyond to make biking easy and ultra-convenient for Arlington residents.
During the prospecting phase of leasing, managers ask future residents about commute and travel intentions to initiate necessary discussions regarding parking availability and building impact. At the same time, property managers and sales teams have an opportunity to influence how a potential resident evaluates and uses their local sustainable transportation options.