TECH Talks – Technology Energizes Alternative Commutes

Commute.org hosted nearly 100 representatives from San Mateo County employers and transportation advocacy groups at our annual transportation seminar. Attendees heard from a great group of presenters on topics ranging from autonomous vehicles to dynamic carpooling to online commuter platforms. A special thank you to Genesis for providing an amazing facility for the event.

PRESENTATIONS: Click here to download

EVENT SCHEDULE:

10:00 – Registration & Networking
10:30 – Welcome & Introduction
10:40 – Keynote
10:55 – Session 1
11:25 – Session 2
11:55 – Final Thoughts & Closing
12:20 – Lunch & Networking

 

For more details, questions or comments, please contact Weiser Manzano at weiser@commute.org or 650-588-8170 x106.

 
 

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Emergency Ride Home Program

You can rest assured as you use transit, carpool, vanpool, or walk to work that your employer and Commute.org will be there for you in an emergency. Our Emergency Ride Home program provides employees from participating employers with a free taxi ride in the case of an emergency.

We pay 75% of the taxi fare for qualified rides and the employer pays the remaining 25%. Employers are required to sign a participation agreement before their employees can use the program. Historically, program costs remain very low because emergencies are infrequent. Commute.org can help your business or organization design easy administration policies that prevent program abuse.

Employees should check with their HR department or Employee Benefits coordinator to find out if they are eligible for the program and to receive a trip voucher (required for all Emergency Ride Home trips).

Authorized Taxi Vendors

Northern San Mateo County
Serra Yellow Cab - 650-991-2345 or 650-991-3881
Peninsula Yellow Cab Co - 650-588-2131

Central San Mateo County and Coastside
San Mateo/Burlingame Yellow Cab - 650-342-1234
Nafis Town Car Service - 650-372-0609

Southern San Mateo County
Yellow Cab Co. Peninsula - 650-254-1234
Yellow Cab Bay City - 650-669-0101

 

TDM in San Mateo County

Transportation Demand Management, or TDM, is a general term for strategies and policies that reduce demand for motor vehicle travel, particularly in single occupancy vehicles. TDM programs can address a wide range of externalities associated with driving, including congestion, poor air quality, less livable communities, reduced public health, reduced environmental health, and GHG emissions. Commute.org’s TDM programs focus on reducing travel demand in San Mateo County particularly at peak commute hours.

While Commute.org is the only public agency in the county tasked specifically with TDM responsibilities, there are many other public, private and non-profit organizations that also work on TDM issues. This space will profile those organizations and the unique ways they are helping to make lasting changes in reducing congestion and improving air quality in our county. If you know of an organization that is working towards similar goals, please let us know and we would be happy to include them here.

 

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Image: Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago)

Join thousands of regular and first-time bike commuters across the Bay Area for the 23rd Annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Across San Mateo County, more than 40 energizer stations will give cyclists a chance to stop for a snack, tote bag with goodies, and good cheer. For a list of San Mateo County stations, click here.

Interested in promoting Bike to Work Day? Print and post these at work, your favorite coffee shop, library, and anywhere else around town:

For more information, email us at: bike2work@commute.org.

2017 Bike Commuter Prize Pack

Sign up for the 2017 Commuter Challenge  and log your commute trips during the months of April and May to earn awesome prizes. Plus, bike trips logged during the week of May 8 – 12, will be entered to win a special BIKE COMMUTER PRIZE PACK (valued at $250). The prize pack includes a commuter bag, bicycle lock, and more! Visit my.commute.org to register.

San Mateo County's Bike Commuter of the Year - Kate Gibson

Kate Gibson is a dedicated bike commuter, who rides to the Redwood City Caltrain station, uses the bike car, then rides from the Palo Alto Caltrain station to her office at Stanford University. On days when she wants an extra workout, or when the train is delayed, she skips Caltrain and bike commutes straight home. This dedication is what won her the title of 2017 Bike Commuter of the Year in San Mateo County!

Here is an excerpt from her nomination: “Kate is a model for bike safety. She wears a helmet for every ride and uses a front light and rear reflector on her bike. She has put careful thought into making herself more visible on the road, wearing reflective clothing and clip-on lights.

Bike safety is especially important to Kate, because she had a close call, which included a fall from her bike. She had to overcome her hesitation to get back in the saddle--but she has! And she has gained confidence as she bike commutes daily. The experience has encouraged her to take steps to ride even more carefully and defensively and to expect the unexpected.

In her role as a TDM and communications specialist, Kate is able to share her knowledge and experiences to help other commuters consider or improve their bike commute. She even recorded a video to help new commuters see what a bike + Caltrain commute is like and how it works:

Click here to see Kate's video on YouTube

Kate also is responsible for the Stanford transportation department's participation in new employee orientations. She presents information about bike commuting options and answers commute questions, including bike-related questions, at the weekly orientation event. Kate brings a fun and positive enthusiasm to promoting cycling and other sustainable alternatives. A good example is the year when for Halloween she dressed up as Rosie the Riveter. It was the perfect match for her, because she consistently conveys the ""We can do it!"" attitude, which she has proven in her own journey with bike commuting.”

Kate says, “Bike commuting can be much more flexible and accessible than people perceive it to be. I was a little hesitant when I started bike commuting, in part because I had had a close call with a car when I lived in Seattle. However, I started slow—trying it out here and there—and before I knew it, I was hooked. Biking gives me more freedom in my commute, and gives me more opportunities for fresh air, exercise, and sunshine. I would encourage people to incorporate bike commuting in whatever way works for them: combine biking with transit, or try it once a week or once a month. Mix it up!”

In addition to MTC (the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area), 511 (the region’s traveler information system) and Kaiser Permanente, Bike to Work Day 2017 receives regional support from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Clear Channel Outdoor, and Clif Bar, as well as from many sponsors at the local level. Bike to Work Day’s media sponsor is NBC Bay Area-KNTV/Telemundo 48. Prizes for the Bike Commuter of the Year winners were donated by MTC, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Chipotle and Mike’s Bikes. Day-of two-for-the-price-of-one promotion provided by Chipotle. The event is made possible through the cooperation of thousands of volunteers, MTC, county congestion management agencies, local jurisdictions and local bicycling coalitions.