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Bay Area Bike Share Benefit is Here!
We’re thrilled to announce a new benefit for all employees. Discounted annual memberships to Bay Area Bike Share are now available for our new bike share system with hundreds of bikes available 24/7/365. You can purchase an annual membership for just $75 (regular price is $88), and Bay Area Bike Share will pick up the rest. As supporters of biking and wellness, we wanted to give employees another convenient, affordable, and fun way to get around town.

Bay Area Bike Share has 70 stations with 700 bikes. With an annual membership, you’ll have access to the entire fleet, and can take a bike from any station to get from Point A to Point B. Take unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each at no extra cost. Overtime fees will apply to trips over 30 minutes.

To find out more information how to access your discounted annual membership, go to the Bay Area Bike Share website at: www.bayareabikeshare.com/how-it-works. You can also find out where stations are located at: www.bayareabikeshare.com/stations

We hope you’ll take advantage of this new and exciting benefit. Enjoy your ride!



Carpool Tips
Review these guidelines to get the most out of your carpool arrangement.

  • Contact everyone on your match list. Call all commuters who live and work or attend school near you and have similar work or school hours, even if they have not selected the category you're looking for (e.g., drive only, share driving, ride only). Negotiate with your prospective partners to see how much flexibility they have.

  • Cover the basics. In making your carpool arrangements, be sure to get answers to some key questions:
    • How often will you carpool?
    • How many people do you want in the carpool?
    • Who has a vehicle? If all passengers have a car, will you rotate driving?
    • Do all drivers have full insurance coverage?
    • Where will you meet? Carpoolers can pick each other up at home or meet at a mutually convenient location, such as a park and ride lot.
    • When will you meet? People's work or school schedules are often more flexible than you think.
  • Discuss carpool costs. If commuters rotate the driving equally, money doesn't have to change hands. But if only one person drives the carpool, passengers generally chip in to cover the costs of gas and parking.
  • Get to know your fellow carpoolers. Carpoolers who don't know each other sometimes feel more comfortable meeting prospective carpool partners before they drive together for the first time. Plan to talk on the phone or meet at a public place to discuss carpool specifics and decide whether or not you would feel comfortable sharing a ride. If you still feel uncomfortable after meeting, you can simply choose not to pursue the rideshare arrangement. You are not obligated to carpool. If you do feel comfortable enough to rideshare, perhaps you could agree to a trial rideshare period to test the waters.
  • Establish some rules. Each carpool member should have a chance to express his/her needs and concerns. Carpoolers should agree upon on certain ground rules at the outset:
    • food, coffee, smoking and perfume/cologne usage
    • radio choices
    • how long drivers will wait for delays
    • who is notified if someone is sick
    • driving safety
  • Give carpooling a trial run. Many commuters start carpooling on a trial basis - for a month or two. You can always add more days and more carpoolers in the future once a routine has been established. Don't worry about getting the details perfect right away.

Carpool Etiquette

DO:
  • Communicate with your fellow carpoolers. If you're running a few minutes late, call them and let them know. If you can't carpool on a particular day due to a schedule conflict, give your carpool partners ample notice so they can make other arrangements.
  • Drive safely at all times.
  • Keep your vehicle clean and in good condition.
  • Respect any other restrictions the carpool has agreed on, such as smoking, eating or drinking.
DON'T:
  • Make a habit of being late.
  • Ask your carpoolers to make extra stops along the way so you can take care of personal errands. The carpool is meant to help everyone with their commutes, period.
  • Bring up controversial topics like religion or politics unless you know your fellow carpoolers well. While some people enjoy debating the issues, others may prefer a quieter commute.
  • Have lengthy cell phone conversations while you're in the carpool


Have a Starbucks Latte on us!

When you register a subsidy request through our program, you are eligible to receive a $5 Starbuck's Coffee Card as our way of saying 'thank you' for helping our community by taking an alternate mode of transportation.






Sick of Traffic?
Or is traffic making you sick?

Either way, changing your commute habits can reduce your stress levels. Not that you need another reason to hate your commute, but a Pennsylvania State University study indicates minor daily stressors can increase your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease by over 40%.

Researchers had 435 people record their everyday stressors, such as heavy traffic or surprise deadlines, in an 8 day period. Then in the evening, participants rated their stress levels on a scale of 1 to 4. After ten years, researchers found that people who identified stressful days and unable to relax before going to bed were over 10% likelier to report chronic health conditions for each unit increase of stress they had reported.

Researchers think that under stress your body releases the hormone, cortisol, and inflammatory proteins, which can deteriorate your immune system. Research from Rockefeller University in 2010 indicates that stress-caused inflammation and increased blood pressure accumulate to foster diseases like cancer by damaging your DNA and impairing your immune system. How you counter the stress can determine your health.

Caught in traffic? Imagine a commute without that everyday stress.

 
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