Sometimes busing, biking and walking are not enough. There are many other options to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. These options typically result in many other benefits to the company, the employees, or both, such as greater job satisfaction, better customer service, and cost savings. These options include:

CarShare. CarSharing is a pay-as-you-go car usage system. It lets you choose to pay the costs of driving only when you want to drive. The Boulder-Denver metro area has a local non-profit carsharing organization called eGo CarShare

Commute Optimization. If your business or organization has multiple locations, such as in restaurants, retail, banking, grocery, medical or the service industry, there’s a good chance that a majority of your employees are driving or commuting past closer locations. This adds unnecessarily to traffic, to employee costs and stress, and directly to tardiness and absenteeism, and ultimately turnover. Most employees would prefer working at closer locations.

Compressed Work Weeks. Compressed work weeks allow employees to work more hours in fewer days than the usual 8-hour per day schedule


Flextime. Employees may be allowed some flexibility in their daily work schedules. For example, rather than all employees working 8:00 to 4:30, some might work 7:30 to 4:00, and others 9:00 to 5:30

Guaranteed Ride Home Program (GRH). GRH provides a free taxi ride home from the office for employees who have an emergency arise on a day that they used alternative transportation.

Job Share is a flexible work option in which two or possibly more employees share a single job.

Reducing Work Schedules with Day-at-a-time vacation, Floating Holidays, Leaves of Absence, Paid Time Off, Part-time, Personal Days, Vacation buying/borrowing/sharing.

SchoolPool. The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) RideArrangers program provides schoolpool matching. Schoolpool is a free carpool matching service for parents who drive their children to and from school. More than 13,000 elementary and secondary school families in the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area are enrolled in the program.

Staggered Shifts. This means that shifts are staggered to reduce the number of employees arriving and leaving work at one time. For example, some shifts may be 8:00 to 4:30, others 8:30 to 5:00, and others 9:00 to 5:30. This has a similar effect on traffic as flextime, but does not give individual employees as much control over their schedules.

Walking. Boulder has miles of pedestrian-friendly routes. GO Boulder/City of Boulder Bicycle & Pedestrian Map.