Despite location, not many are bike commuting to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall but that could change
It's uncanny how much this post at greatergreaterwashington matched the post I started to write for yesterday, but didn't finish because I ran out of time. Anyway, no need to rehash it here. But I will mention something else from the slide presentation.
Despite the fact that Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is strategically located with a bike trails on two sides, bikeable neighborhoods to the west, Metro stations within biking distance to the south and north and the Mt Vernon Trail on the other side of Arlington Cemetery, not many employees are bike commuting there a study by Mobility Lab and Arlington Transportation Partners shows. And this is for a military base where employees probably skew younger and male* (the groups most likely to bike commute) and most employees are required to stay fit as part of their job.
Bike lanes and trails near the joint base
In fact only 1% of those surveyed said that they had even TRIED bike commuting and only 1% of those who lived off base listed "other," which would include biking, as there means of commuting. So that leaves a lot of room to grow (One says optimistically).
Blue is for people who live on base and orange for those who live off base. Even among the on-base personnel, more drive alone than walk!
30-40% of the employees report being dissatisfied with their commute and almost no one reports biking to get around while on base. Meanwhile, fewer people have used CaBi (11%) than have never heard of it (14%). Even more reason to be optimistic about the ability to help more people bike commute.
The study authors suggest bikeshare on base.
Which I think is a great idea. They should also consider parking cash-out, free bikeshare membership for employees, outreach and education, their own on-base bike fleets, a bike library for those living on-base and offering the federal bicycle commuter benefit. The cash out would go along way towards encouraging on base personnel to walk too. Offer employees free parking all year or $150 in cash, with $1 a day parking.
* although that may be a false assumption