Now is the perfect time to get your coworkers on board with sustainable commuting if they aren’t already. Here are some tips to encourage everyone in the office to leave their cars at home!
1. Share the Smart Commute Tool
2. Let everyone know about Emergency Ride Home
Leaving the car at home can be stressful for some people, who might worry how they would get home quickly if something came up. Reassure them that premium Smart Commute members can take a taxi, rideshare service, car rental/share to get home and be reimbursed up to $75. Find out if you qualify and how to get reimbursed here.
3. Offer to cycle with them
If you’re an avid cyclist and live near some coworkers, invite them to join you on your bike ride to work to help get them familiar with the route and comfortable with cycling. Remind them that they don’t have to bike all the way to the office. Most subway stations have places to lock up your bike and all GO stations have bike parking.
4. Share your favourite reads and podcasts
The great thing about taking transit instead of driving is being able to read, listen to podcasts, teach yourself a new language, catch up on emails and a whole lot more. Get your team thinking about how they could make better use of their commute time by sharing some of your favourites.
5. Shout about the benefits!
Numerous studies show that active commuting is good for your health. Whether it’s cycling, walking, or running for the bus, leaving your car at home has serious physical and mental health benefits. Tell your colleagues how changing your commute helped you. Did you get more energy, make a new friend or discover a new favourite place along the way? Your story could inspire a coworker to try a different commute!