Find Your Smart Commute
The Denver region’s population is expected to grow to 3.3 million people by 2020, and with that growth comes increased traffic congestion. With more cars on the roads, it may be time to start looking for a way out of the daily rush-hour gridlock.
Transform your commute into a healthier, stress-free and more enjoyable part of your day. Try walking, biking, carpooling or transit a few days a week to make each trip to and from work kinder to your community and your wallet.
Did you know Colorado ranked second highest in participation during International Winter Bike to Work Day last year? Keep the momentum rolling and join hundreds of bike commuters on Fri., Feb. 8, for the global event. Across the state, stations will open for riders to refuel and celebrate with food and fun – keep an eye on winterbiketoworkday.org in the coming weeks to find a station and to pledge your ride. Come on, Colorado offers 300 days of sunshine a year, take your commute to two-wheels. Riding during winter can be intimidating, but don’t let the cold stop you from torching calories, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. We have a few tips to help get you started:
- Stay warm, stay safe. Proper gear, clothing and a few safety precautions can make or break a successful commute. Check out these tips on safe cycling and how to dress for a winter ride.
- Plan ahead. Map out a safe route using bike lanes or multipurpose trails, and give it a test ride over the weekend when there’s no pressure to get to work on time.
- Enlist a friend. Having a built-in bike buddy will make the ride more fun. Also, safety in numbers means you’re more visible when sharing the road with cars.
- Have fun! Biking anywhere is guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again. Hop on, and arrive to work feeling pumped, energized and ready to tackle the day.
The school commute accounts for a lot of morning traffic in the United States, adding more stress and congestion than necessary. Share in the responsibilities of getting the kids to school and back via carpooling, walking, biking or transit. Introduce the next generation of commuters to sustainable transportation with Schoolpool!
Fun fact: Way to Go can help you get started with schoolpool for FREE. To get started, email Way to Go at email@example.com or call 303-458-7665.
Bike & Walk
Enjoy cardio, fresh air and major money savings when you bike or walk to work.
- Give biking to work a try: Biking to work has so many benefits and it’s easier than you might think. Try it just once a month, or once a week to see why more and more people are ditching four wheels in favor of two. Bike commuters are less stressed and a little richer with each trip they take, compared to single-occupant car commuters. It’s healthier and could actually save you time if you live within five miles of your workplace. Bike commuting also reduces traffic congestion and improves air quality.
- Vary your route: Bikes and feet can go where cars can’t! Experience your neighborhood in a whole new way when you take different paths, streets or trails.
- Bike-n-Ride: If your commute is too far to bike the entire way, bring your bike on any light rail train or bus to complete your trip. Learn how.
- Bike-share: The Denver metro area boasts several bike-share options, making it an easy and affordable way to get around town.
Fun fact: 2018’s Bike to Work Day had more than 35,000 cyclists who pedaled 623,705 miles, burned 38.8 million calories and saved 270 tons of carbon dioxide.
Meet new people and share the costs of commuting when you carpool.
Here’s how it works:
- Reach Out: Contact your potential matches and meet up to make sure it’s a good fit.
- Make a Schedule: Determine your route, schedule, who drives and when.
- Determine the Costs: If driving time isn’t split, figure out the costs and set up a payment schedule.
- Set Ground Rules: Decide things such as what radio station to listen to or whether food and drinks are okay to save possible tension down the road.
Fun fact: An average carpooler in the Way to Go carpool program saves 3,662 vehicle miles traveled per year, or more than 15 miles per work day.
Travel 15 miles or more on your commute? Vanpooling could be your solution to a happier commute.
How does a vanpool work?
- Five to 15 people carpool in a van dedicated to their commute. Vanpools run on a monthly fare based on commuting distance, which each vanpooler splitting the cost.
- Drivers must be at least 25 years of age, pass a motor vehicle check and sign a driver agreement. Approved drivers are covered under insurance.
- Way to Go handles all the hassles of maintenance and repairs, insurance, fuel, bike racks and access to the Guaranteed Ride Home® program.
Fun fact: Way to Go operates more than 100 vanpools, helping 541 vanpool commuters save a total of 22,238 vehicle miles traveled each work day.
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) rail and bus system allows you to start a commute that will ease the stress on your mind and wallet. Plan your route and let someone else handle the driving.
- Plan Ahead: Use RTD’s Trip Planner to scope out your route..
- Timing: Give yourself plenty of time to get to and from your destination on your first trip.
- Free Transfer: If your trip includes more than one ride on public transportation, ask your driver for a free transfer.
- Park-n-Ride: Park your car and hop on an RTD bus or rail in your area. Learn how.
- Ways to Save: Check out different pass options to save even more, including Monthly Pass, Ticketbook, Day Pass and more.
Fun facts: RTD serves 2.8 million people across a 2,400 square-mile area covering 40 municipalities and six counties. There are 9,077 bus stops, 80 park-n-rides and 53 rail stops throughout the Denver metro region.
One More Reason to Leave Your Car at Home
Is fear of the unknown keeping you from exploring new ways to commute to work? The Guaranteed Ride Home® program provides a free taxi ride home from the office for employees who have emergencies arise, from an unexpected schedule change to a sick child. For more information about the program, click here.
CBS4 worked with Way to Go, a program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), to develop the above commuter tips.
Way to Go promotes walking, biking, transit, carpooling and vanpooling as commute options rather than driving alone. Way to Go encourages commuting choices that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.