benefits

 

Health!  Money!  Environment!

 

Health Benefits!

  • Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. You could lose ten pounds in one year without changing your eating habits.
  • Your organization can reduce their insurance rates with healthier more active employees!
  • Your commute can be your exercise routine.
  • Be energized for work! Biking and walking release endorphins that give you a boost!
  • Regular bicycling helps with personal weight management -- new full-time bicycle commuters can expect to lose an average of 13 pounds their first year of bicycle commuting, if they maintain the same eating habits!
  • Improve your mental health by cycling, walking, and taking public transit to work. Use this time to relax and reflect. You'll also minimize the added stress that may accompany driving to work and traffic conditions!
  • Fight the flu by walking or biking to work! Physically active employees take 27% less sick days than non-active employees.
  • Telecommuting reduces stress caused by commuting to work and compromises made between family and work.
  • Walking to work reduces your risk of heart disease or stroke!
  • People who use public transportation regularly tend to be healthier than people who don’t because of the exercise they get walking or biking, to and from bus stops.

 

Saving Money!

  • On average, it costs $7,400 a year to own and maintain a car, or around two months wages for the average worker.
  • Cancel your gym membership! Your commute can be your excercise.
  • On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save roughly $10 a day.
  • Bicyclers get VIP parking at the front of the building! No more paying for parking spaces.
  • The increasing cost of fuel makes driving private vehicles more and more expensive! Public transportation households save an average of $6,251 every year—even more as the price of fuel continues to rise.
  • Commuting costs are much lower for telecommuters! Zero!
  • Save money on lunch by telecommuting and eating at home!
  • Regular cycling can lead to lower health care expenses!
  • An adult day pass on LTD is equal to ONE gallon of gas!
  • Save money by carpooling! Share the ride and share the cost!

 

Save the Planet!

  • Reduce air pollution! A four mile bicycle trip keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.
  • Many local trips are one mile or less and can be walked by most people in about 10–15 minutes.
  • By leaving the car at home and walking short distances you can help reduce traffic congestion, along with air and noise pollution.
  • Automotive and small truck emissions are the largest source of air pollution in the United States. They cause 50% of the air pollution in the Eugene/Springfield area.
  • Every year in the United States, thanks to public transportation use, carbon emissions are reduced by 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Every year, public transit saves our country the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline.
  • A solo commuter switching his/her commute from a private vehicle to public transit can reduce CO2 emissions by 20 pounds per day—more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
  • By telecommuting to work instead of using more conventional methods, there is a great potential to conserve energy!
  • Telecommuting preserves our environment by reducing land use requirements for highway expansion and by reducing slow-moving automobile emissions.
  • Carpooling for just three days a week can cut individual ozone producing emissions by 30%.