Spring semesters are starting up, so it’s also the time of year when on-campus parking starts trending on social media. Students, staff, and faculty members spend more time than anyone would care to admit looking for any spot – even in the back corner of the lot.
If you asked someone in 1970 what they thought 2020 was going to look like, I’m sure the Jetsons would have been the first thing out of their mouth. While companies are working on flying cars, there’s still a ways to go before they become anything near a household commodity. To bring everyone back down to Earth, we are going to cover our realistic expectations for the new year and new decade.
As the year (and decade) winds down, we took a look back at 2019 and picked our top five favorite trends in mobility, commuting, and TDM. The overall theme? Working together to make the decision to change from driving to an alternative form of commuting an easier one. From designated micromobility parking to an increase in pre-tax paycheck deductions, we are recognizing efforts that made an immediate impact and set examples for future change.
Do your employees travel more than 10 miles to and from the office each day? If so, you probably know long commutes can drain employees’ energy, enthusiasm, and pocketbooks. Long commutes put employees at risk for burnout, making them 2.6 times more likely to leave your company. They can also cause health problems such as high blood pressure and decreased levels of happiness. Fortunately, businesses can offset the harmful effects of long commutes with programs to help make long-distance working less stressful.
With the rise of transportation demand management requirements cities are passing down, employers need to take more and more measures to lower their drive-alone rate. Most cities put the burden on employers to offer better commuter benefits, continuously educate employees about what’s being offered, and actively updating TDM plans to fit requirements.
Not many people love to commute, and even fewer people love it in the winter. Just the thought of going outside in subfreezing temperatures literally gives people the chills. For employers, it’s important to accommodate employees and their commutes when the temperatures drop.
Getting to and from class can be tough for college students. Students who live in on-campus dorms can have just as many issues as their off-campus classmates. Lack of parking (or, in the case of many freshmen, a lack of car ownership) is a constant challenge for students and staff alike.