Biking and Walking
Improving your venue’s infrastructure to promote walking and bicycling can be a relatively inexpensive, small-scale change that supports ecologically preferable transportation and benefit public health. By improving pedestrian and bicycle access to your theatres, your can help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution on show days, which benefits the environment as well as the health of theatregoers, cast, crew members, and theatres staff. Bicycling also helps support the health and wellbeing of those travelling to the theatres through exercise. Several Broadway theatres have installed bike racks for staff use where space permits, as many Broadway staff bike to work.
Tips to promote bicycling
- Provide secure and conveniently located bicycle racks for people travelling to the venue.
- Provide safe pedestrian walkways to the facility from nearby transit options.
- Prominently display pedestrian and bike maps in staff rooms and feature information on your website.
- Offer incentives for walking and biking to the venue.
- Arrange discounts at local bicycling shops or bike sharing programs for ticket-holders.
- Disseminate information concerning bike routes and bicycle-friendly public transportation connections to audience members and feature all environmentally preferable transit information on your website.
- Encourage staff cycling groups and events to promote organization-wide biking.
The transportation sector is one of the main sources of smog, carbon monoxide, global warming, and harmful particles that can cause respiratory illnesses and other health problems. Bicycling or walking helps reduce all of these impacts, saves money, and is a healthy way to begin and end the day.
- NYC Bike Maps
- Bicycling Alliance – Ways to Promote Bicycling
- Federal Highway Department – Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
- Citi Bike
Public transportation is often cheaper than travel by car, and increased use of buses, trains, and subways reduces the need for onsite staff parking facilities. Review the ideas and resources below for more information on how encourage employees to commute by public transportation.
Tips to Encourage Public Transit
- Pay or discount cost of employee public transportation passes
- Provide other incentives for employees who take public transportation
- Provide information on your website and in publicity materials on public transit options, including park and ride sites.
Carpooling can save your employees money by reducing the amount of gas they buy and money they spend on auto-related upkeep. It also has significant environmental benefits, reducing the emission of harmful pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds. Consider the tips and resources below for information on how to increase carpooling to your venue.
- Provide discounted and preferential parking for staff who carpool.
- Actively match employees with those who live nearby.
- Circulate tips for effective and enjoyable carpools on your internal website and in newsletters, and use to coordinate carpooling.
- Offer other incentives for carpoolers.
- Use your organization’s internal website and/or theatres bulletin boards to coordinate carpooling or recommend another existing carpooling website to help employees efficiently organize a regular carpool in their area.
Incentives for Hybrids/Electric Vehicles
Hybrid and electric vehicles can save money and reduce emissions of harmful gasses such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Consider providing preferential and/or discounted parking for employees who commute in a hybrid or electric vehicle. Also consider working with sponsors or local businesses to partner on other incentives for attendees who drive hybrid and electric vehicles. You may also want to consider installing electric-charging stations at your venue for employees with plug-in vehicles. Even better, partner with sponsors to install solar systems to power electric-charging stations.
There are also state and federal incentives, tax credits, and insurance discounts available for hybrid drivers. Visit the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Efficient Vehicle Tax Incentive Information Center for lists of state and federal hybrid incentives.
The transportation sector is one of the main sources of smog, carbon monoxide, global warming, and harmful particles that can cause respiratory illnesses and other health problems. Walking and bicycling helps reduce all of these impacts, saves money, and is a healthy way to begin and end the day. Carpooling and using public transportation reduces the total amount of cars on the road, which in turn reduces the many forms of pollution associated with the transportation sector.
In addition, many forms of public transportation use environmentally preferable fuels such as natural gas, electricity, and fuel cells. Using public transportation therefore reduces the transportation sector’s emissions of harmful compounds such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulates. This reduces emissions that can cause smog, global warming, acid rain, and negative health effects.