There are several other options that can make abandoning Single Occupant Vechicle (SOV) travel more attractive to employees. Most are tied in one way or another to other options listed in this folder.
In order to encourage employees who are able to walk or bicycle to work, employers should consider installing such essential features as bicycle parking/storage and shower/locker facilities. Standard bike racks can be installed with little effort and at low cost; higher quality storage may require greater investment. Shower or changing facilities may also benefit additional employees who would like to work out over lunch, and this supplementary function may help justify installation of these accommodations.
Some employers are also involved in planning (and funding) bicycle and walking trails on or near their work sites. Employee prizes like discounts on sneakers or bike tires may add to the appeal of these programs (see "Employee Incentives").
Sometimes transit services or potential park-and-ride lots are nearby but not very convenient, or the walk from the transit stop to the worksite is not safe. There is a way your company can still make use of existing services: Operate or subsidize shuttle services to and from the nearest transit stop(s) or lots. By offering a safe and reliable alternative to walking from the stop, you might encourage more employees to use transit.
This service can be established by using rented shuttles or through informal carpools or vanpools. To keep costs down, your company can provide rush-hour service only, at no cost or at a small fee to employees. This option becomes most cost-effective when several companies in the same vicinity pool their efforts and funds to serve more employees. If there is a large market for this type of service, it may be beneficial to speak with your MAP contact or a representative from the local transit provider about extending regular service or offering an official shuttle service.
Accommodating Childcare Schedules
Daycare is an increasingly important issue with working parents, and is often the main reason given for not sharing the commute to work. Accommodating working parents with children is one way to attract and retain high-calibre employees. While most employers cannot justify an on-site care facility, offering Emergency Ride Home services, and instituting flextime, compressed work weeks or telecommuting policies (all explained on related pages) allows parents to consider alternate commute methods while arranging their schedules to better care for their children. This "peace of mind" results in more focused, dedicated employees, too.