Sign the Pledge

Flex Your Commute is a voluntary pledge by Bay Area employers to reduce driving alone to work.

Transportation is the number one source of smog pollution, traffic congestion, and greenhouse gases in the nine-county Bay Area region. As an employer, helping your employees find a better way to work provides an employee benefit that will improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Pledge Considerations 

Employers, encouraging your employees to commute by transit, carpool, bicycle, or utilizing telework is good for your company’s bottom line and good for your employees. Employees are motivated to change their commuting habits when actively encouraged by their employer.

By signing the Flex Your Commute pledge, your organization agrees to become a commute champion and partner with your employees to create a better way to work.

Find suggested strategies below, or adopt your own innovative ideas for reducing drive-alone commutes: 

  • Creating an employee transportation coordinator
  • Polling employees to understand how they get to work
  • Encouraging transit
  • Creating company-wide carpool connections
  • Promoting bicycling with bicycle storage and showering facilities
  • Allowing telework for employees whose jobs can be done remotely
  • Providing shuttles from transit hubs to your office
  • Offering flexible work schedules
  • Providing creative solutions for reducing drive-alone commutes

Longer commutes result in more absences per employee, and lower satisfaction in their family and leisure time. With flexible commute options, employees benefit from extra time for family and leisure, less stress, and lower commute costs. Employers benefit from greater employee retention, increased productivity, tax savings, and reduced operating costs. 

By signing the Flex Your Commute pledge, employers demonstrate they value their employees’ time and well-being as well as Bay Area air quality and public health.

Signing the Flex Your Commute pledge is entirely digital:

  1. Click “Sign the Pledge” below. Make sure to check the box confirming you are a representative of your company.
  2. Fill in your name, title, company, and sign with your e-signature.
  3. Click "submit" and an Air District representative will follow up shortly to verify your submission and officially welcome you into the program.
  4. Once your submission is verified, a digital copy of the signed pledge in PDF format will be available on the Signatories page (coming soon).

Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program

The Commuter Benefits Program is an air quality rule administered by the Air District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Bay Area employers with 50 or more full time employees in the Air District’s nine-county jurisdiction are required to register and provide commuter benefit options to their employees. Signing the  Flex Your Commute pledge does not satisfy the registration requirements of the Commuter Benefits Program. 

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Last Updated: 10/25/2021