Mobility and Job Access
Whether it’s carpooling, taking the bus, riding a bicycle or walking, SOV-free options (that’s the lingo for “single occupant vehicle,” aka driving alone) benefit everyone. When you have more than one way of getting to work, you’ll be at work more days, earning instead of worrying about that missed day of pay. Wider transportation choices mean you can look at wider job-search area and find either a job closer to home or a better-paying job that would have been physically out of reach. Whether it’s getting to work or running an errand, these options can expand access to a better income and a stronger connection to the community.
Automobiles are a primary source of pollution in the U.S., Virginia, and our region. Air quality can affect more than just our view – it can cause or worsen lung disease, asthma, heart disease, and even brain development. During the summer, ozone pollution caused by vehicle exhaust can make it dangerous for kids or the elderly to use our region’s great outdoor amenities. Reducing the amount you drive is a great way to make sure you’re breathing easier.
Did you know that most Americans spend about two weeks a year stuck in traffic? Fewer single-occupancy vehicles on the road reduce traffic congestion, especially during the high-volume morning and afternoon commutes. Less congestion means that everyone gets to where they’re going faster. Not only does this mean less wear-and-tear on our region’s roads, it means less time driving and more time to spend on things we really enjoy doing.
Walking and riding a bicycle to work, school, or to one of the local transit stops, is a great way to improve both physical and mental health. What better way to get your mind and body geared up and ready for a day of work or study.
Lack of physical activity has been shown, in numerous studies, to have had a dramatic impact on the declining health of American adults and children. Increases in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, sleep apnea, and certain forms of depression have all been linked to a lack of daily physical activity.
Walking and biking provide simple, fun, and inexpensive ways to include some physical movement in our day. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the most effective way to positivity impact physical and mental health is to walk or bicycle to trips shorter than 3 miles.
Let RIDE Solutions help you incorporate a healthy commute as part of your work or school week routine. Your body and mind will thank you. Your employer will be happy too – a contented employee is a productive employee.
Walking, Biking, carpooling, and transit offer an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and neighborhood better. Safe biking route like you can explore with our Interactive Bike Map will take you down streets, bike paths, and greenways you may not have known existed. It’s easy to miss things when you’re zooming by in your car – slowing down a little can help you reconnect with your hometown.