9/18/2015 | Posted at 6:59 pm

Why Transportation Matters

Just how much does commuting by bike really matter?

As a certified BizCycle workplace and designers striving for climate-friendly communities of all shapes and sizes, we know transit-oriented communities play an important role. Multimodal transportation, and in particular commuting by bike, is front and center in our office conversations and in our project design discussions.

Efforts such as the Seattle 2030 District and Seattle’s Climate Action Plan outline the multifaceted approach required to achieve such ambitious goals as carbon neutrality. Meeting our goals will require reduction of waste,  improvements in land use, increases in building energy efficiency, and reductions in single occupant vehicle (SOV) commuting – to name just a few. The solution is not an ‘either-or’ proposition; savings in building energy AND transportation, etc. are all needed. High performance buildings are important, but we need system-wide efficiencies, including reductions in transportation energy intensity, to achieve low-carbon communities.

It can be easier to understand just how much commuting by bicycle matters when comparing transportation energy to building energy. We created a graphic to visually explain this comparison highlighted in a recent article.  The energy saved by 20% of your employees biking, is roughly equivalent to a 20% reduction in your energy bill. We hope this graphic will contribute to transportation conversations.

Specific to accommodating Seattle’s job growth, multimodal planning efforts such as the City Center Bike Network can help increase bicycle commuters while saving space and reducing construction costs associate with structured parking.