Bike To Work
Street Credibility: commuting by bike is being encouraged in more urban centres (Photo: Oran Viriyincy on flickr)
Cycling is booming in cities across the U.S. According to the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, bicycle commuting in the largest U.S. cities has increased by 50 percent since 2000. Yet transportation still accounts for roughly 28 percent of the United States' greenhouse gas emissions (GHC). Worldwide emissions from transportation are only about 10 percent of total GHC.
Progressive employers will strive to create a cycle-friendly workpace for employees by providing secure bike parking, showers and change rooms or even look to reduce the frequency of employee commutes by offering the possibility to work from home periodically.
A home office is a good solution if you need to keep an eye on a young child while you work where daycare facilities may not be accessible, enabling you to swap time spent commuting for more time spent with family.
If you live more than 50 km (31 miles) away from your place of work, you should strongly consider moving in order to cut down your commuting distance, saving you time and money as well as to reducing GHC emissions. If this is not realistic, you'll be interested to explore intermodal options.
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