We know that commuting to and from work is a major generator of transportation emissions, which in turn contribute to smog and climate change. When we moved our headquarters from Napa to Berkeley, California several years ago, we chose a facility that’s about a mile from a commuter rail station in the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system to help lower the environmental impact of our business. We also offer a points-based system to reward employees for carpooling, riding transit, walking, and riding their bikes. Employees can redeem the points for additional transit funds or for cash. Currently 34% of headquarters employees take advantage of this program, up from 16% in FY2014. We’d like to see that number grow even more, so we’re reviewing the program and collecting input from employees to make it work better for them.
Linda Zheng works in Product Innovation and is one of our most frequent public transit commuters. She commutes from Oakland, California, walking 4 blocks to the nearest BART station where she heads towards North Berkeley. After the train ride, she walks or bikes another mile to our office. We sat down with Linda to ask her a few questions about her commute.
What do you like best about your commute? What’s your least favorite part?
The best part of commuting is the exercise. If I’m sitting at my desk for most of the day, it’s good to know that I already did my morning walk/bike and that I will have to do it again after work.
My least favorite part is when I need to rush home after work for an event.
How many days a week do you do the bike/BART combo?
I commute 4-5 days a week during the summer; however, during the winter when it’s rainy or cold, I use transit less because biking down hills with wind and rain in my face is not so fun.