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Tips and Ideas for Employees and Businesses

You Have a Choice in How You Get to Work

The city of Glendale would like you to consider one or more of the following alternative travel green choices listed below.

  • Prize Drawings - Every month, the city offers prize drawings for city employees participating in an alternative travel plan. These can be gift certificates for a variety of popular retail outlets or special prizes, and having drawings can go a long way in motivating people to participate.
  • Find a Partner - Help employees find a carpool partner in their area of the Valley.
  • Parking - Offer the best parking sites to people who carpool.
  • Bus Cards - Consider a bus card program and help pay for employees' bus fares.

To learn more about the city of Glendale's commuter options, just keep reading! Or call Sandy Adams in the Transportation Department at (623) 930-2032 or e-mail her at sadams@glendaleaz.com.

Together We Can Clean Our Air

Phoenix metro area has a serious problem with air quality, caused in large part by the exhaust from hundreds of thousand cars taking people to and from work everyday. The problem is the amounts of carbon dioxide (CO), ozone, and particulate matter (PM-10) that result from driving automobiles.

CO - High levels cause nausea, dizziness, headaches and fatigue. Restriction of oxygen to the heart and lungs is another symptom.

Ozone - High levels (they're highest in the summer) damage lungs by causing them to lose elasticity and cause arteries to thicken.

PM-10 - Causes allergy-like symptoms and clogs lungs, especially in children and seniors.

What We Can Do

GUARANTEED RIDE HOME. If there is an emergency at home or you have to work late, and if you biked, walked, carpooled, or took a bus to work, we guarantee you can get a ride home. Once you start using a commuter option we will give you the phone number of our contract cab company.

BUS TO WORK. Are you tired of the expense, congestion and stress that often goes with driving a car to work? Try the bus. All employees can get a Bus Card Plus that works like a credit card with the City paying all of your bus fare. Call the Trip Reduction Program at (623) 930-2967 for bus schedules and other information. You can also go to www.valleymetro.org for bus maps and schedules to help you plan your trip by bus.

BIKE TO WORK. We really encourage biking to work. There are showers, bike lockers and, if you don't have a bike, we can get you one for free! Best of all, you'll be getting a great workout just going to and from work! Call (623) 930-2032 for information on bike commuting, maps and how to get started.

CARPOOL TO WORK. Find a carpool partner and start saving money on gas and maintenance by sharing the ride to work. Take turns driving and use those HOV lanes to speed you on your way while others sit in stop-and-go congestion on the freeways. Go to www.sharetheride.com to find carpool partners, or call (623) 930-2032 if you don't have access to the Internet.

WORK AT HOME. If you have the right kind of job and the right kind of personal computer at home, this could be a one-day-a-week option for some employees. You can be more productive because you'll have fewer distractions when you're by yourself (it's not really an option for employees with young children at home). Check with your manager, then call (623) 930-2032 for more information on teleworking.

WALK TO WORK. If you don't live too far away from work, why not walk? Like bicycling, you can get the recommended 30- to-60 minutes of daily aerobic exercise just by going to work and back home again. You could also combine walking to a Park-and-Ride lot and taking a bus to work. It takes someone walking at a normal pace about 25 minutes to walk a mile.

COMPRESSED WORK WEEK. By working one or two hours longer per day, you can take one extra day a week off or one day every other week. In a 4-10 week you work four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days. In a 9-80's option you work eight 9-hour days and one 8-hour day for total of 80 hours with one day off every two weeks. The idea is to eliminate a commute by car once a week or once every two weeks.

 

 

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