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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-588-8170 x106.
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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Bike to Work Day - May 12, 2016
Join thousands of regular and first-time bike commuters across the Bay Area for the 22nd Annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
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. To see the energizer stations on a map, 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: email@example.com.
2016 Bike Commuter PRIZE PACK
Bike to work during the week of May 9 to 13, then sign up for the 2016 Commuter Challenge. If you log your bike trips by May 16, you will be entered to win a special BIKE COMMUTER PRIZE PACK (valued at $240). The prize pack includes a Timbuk2 Commute Messenger bag, Goal Zero Switch 10 Portable Recharger, Zojirushi Tuff Slim Vacuum Bottle and a $40 REI gift card.
San Mateo County's Bike Commuter of the Year - Beverly Thames
Bicycling is 'a lot easier than most people think'
About four days each week, Beverly Thames bicycles from her Redwood City home to her San Carlos workplace. Beverly has been an ardent bike commuter for five years. This dedicated feat won her the title of 2016 BIKE COMMUTER OF THE YEAR in San Mateo County.
When her commute was initially 5 miles round-trip, Beverly rode a bright orange cargo bike with European-style carrybags. In 2015, her workplace moved farther from her home, so she upgraded to a faster, lighter bike. Today, she continues to pedal her 10.6-mile daily commute.
"Bicycling to work saves me a lot of time looking for parking. It's a lot easier than most people think. I recommend getting a comfortable bike with a decent kickstand and baskets. The kickstand makes it easy to park the bike and do some shopping. The baskets make it easy to carry supplies and do errands," Beverly advised.
Ms. Thames is head of her department, and serves as a role model in a workplace with just a few other bike commuters. Her attractive work clothes are also testament that biking to work does not limit her style, but rather, defines her lifestyle.