The goDCgo Transportation Ambassadors Program recognizes DC organizations for their commitment to sustainable transportation. Employers, hotels, and residential properties that offer robust transportation benefits programs and amenities can earn recognition for their efforts. A designation can help your organization stand out among other employers, residential or hotel properties.
The goDCgo Employer Ambassadors program seeks to recognize DC organizations for their efforts as transportation leaders. By offering transportation benefits and creative program incentives, businesses can help to make the District healthier and greener.
The goDCgo Residential Ambassadors program seeks to recognize residential properties in Washington, DC for their exemplary efforts to offer amenities and promote sustainable transportation. By educating residents about their travel options in and around the District, these properties are creating communities of healthy and sustainable travel behavior.
The Hospitality Ambassadors program seeks to recognize hotels and lodging providers for their commitment to sustainable transportation. Offering visitors and guests a multitude of transportation options, information, and access to amenities contributes to a clean and viable guest travel experience around the nation’s capital.
goDCgo’s School Ambassadors Program recognizes DC public, private, and charter schools for their commitment to sustainable transportation. Offering commuter benefits, creative program incentives, and supporting student transit programs contributes to the health and wellness of your staff and students while making your school stand out among others.
Your organization will be honored for your commitment to sustainable transportation. With a Transportation Ambassador designation from goDCgo your organization will receive the following benefits:
In addition to the recognition benefits, you can enjoy the following perks that helps to increase your visibility to make your organization more competitive:
goDCgo is the leading resource for transportation information. Our experts can help you develop or evaluate your transportation program and amenities to ensure you are offering the best possible sustainable options to your community:
Each year in spring, goDCgo recognizes our ambassadors for going above and beyond to promote sustainable transportation and continue to build interest in the use of alternative travel options at the goDCgo Ambassador Awards.
Winner of goDCgo’s 2021 Commuter Challenge, Gorove Slade, instituted a parking cashout program and formalized their telework policy incentivizing their employees to switch to a sustainable commute.
IREX, created a formal telework and flex work policy to allow their employees to have a hybrid and flexible work schedule. They also provide access to shower and locker facilities for bike commuters.
Destiny Jackson of George Washington helped 305 employees and students explore their commute options and switch to sustainable commutes by either enrolling in the incenTrip pilot program or Capital Bikeshare’s universities program.
Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing, led the implementation of a four-day work week eliminating 1/5 of the commute trips taken by their employees.
As a Capital Bikeshare Corporate member, Inter-American Development Bank Staff Association, provides their employees with access to discounted annual bikeshare memberships. In 2021, their members took 6,491 bike trips
As a Capital Bikeshare Community Partner, Carlos Rosario PCS (Harvard Campus), provides their staff and students $5 Capital Bikeshare annual memberships. In 2021, they signed up 56 new members and collectively their 98 total members took 2,568 bike trips.
Commuter Connections incenTrip, worked with goDCgo to provide committed employers with early access to their incenTrip app that incentivizes commuters to choose sustainable commuting options by rewarding them with cash.
Catholic University of America participated in goDCgo’s incenTrip pilot program to incentive sustainable commutes. In 2021, Catholic University logged over 450 sustainable trips and reduced their CO2 emissions by 1210 pounds.
Waterfront Academy, provides all their employees with free access to an annual Capital Bikeshare membership as well as showers and lockers to promote bike commuting. In addition, they offer sustainable commuting resources to the families of their students.
Laura Chapa of Tyler Elementary held commuter benefit events and actively partnered with goDCgo to educate all 52 staff members on their commute options and encourage them to switch to a sustainable commute.
Patrick’s Pet Care, a rapidly growing pet services company in DC, is the winner of goDCgo’s 2018 Employer Ambassador Award for Bike-Friendly Workplace. Though small, they make it a priority to offer amazing benefits beyond just the basics. Download Patrick’s Pet Care’s Case Study to learn more about what makes them a great example of a goDCgo Transportation Ambassador.
The reporting deadline for the DC Parking Cashout Law has officially passed. We'd like to thank all our employers that worked hard over the past year to make sure their organization was compliant, and we're happy to have assisted more than 300 employers in the process. But we understand some employers may have missed the reporting deadline and are wondering what they should do and what to expect in the upcoming months. Well, you're in luck because we have the answers! Check out the guidance below from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for employers that missed the reporting deadline.
“If you missed the reporting deadline, please contact DDOT as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employers who do not contact DDOT or submit a report on time will be audited to determine compliance status. Fines will not be levied at this time, but DDOT will work with non-compliant employers to come into compliance.”
Have additional questions? Reach out to DDOT directly by emailing email@example.com.
In April 2020, the Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2020, also referred to as the DC Parking Cashout Law was signed into law by Mayor Bowser . This law encourages sustainable transportation use and reduces driving alone to work in DC. As the first reporting deadline nears, goDCgo is here to help employers understand the law and become compliant. Read on to learn the most important things you need to know about this law.
As they say, all good things must come to an end, right? While this will be the final piece of our blog series, the list of Washington, DC coffee shops is ongoing and here to stay! You never know what new shop will pop up in the city, so stay on the lookout. In the meantime, goDCgo recommends reviewing these local cafés below and grabbing your next cup of joe by foot, bike, bus, streetcar, or Metro. And in case you missed it, you can still check out Part I and Part II of this series for even more coffee stops.
The District of Columbia is attracting new residential, commercial, and retail development, and redevelopment at an unprecedented pace. While this activity has many benefits, it also increases traffic to/from and within our nation's capital. To enhance the quality of life for residents, commuters, and visitors, the District issues zoning orders that require buildings to implement sustainable transportation services and programs that reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles (SOV), also known as Transportation Demand Management (TDM).
Now that the weather is cooler, there's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to warm you up! Even if you prefer iced over hot, black, with or without cream, or any variation in between, Washington, DC has plenty of spots to get a quality cup of joe. And since the city has so many staple coffee shops and cafés, goDCgo encourages you to take a tour of all of them! Continue following our blog series to discover more of DC's popular coffee spots and learn about the best ways to get to each of them by bike, bus, or Metro. Stay tuned for more café commutes to come!
Get ready for shorter days and longer nights as Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2am. In addition to setting your clock back to standard time, goDCgo suggests staying extra alert once the sun goes down so you can stay safe while walking, biking, or driving. While this may or may not be the final ending to Daylight Saving Time (per the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021), we want you to be prepared to take the proper precautions when traveling around the District of Columbia after dark. Review the traffic laws and tips below, so bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians can coexist peacefully on the road both day and night.
As many of you are probably aware, Washington, DC loves a good café! Whether you're a DC commuter, resident, or visitor, nothing quite gets a day in the District started like a soothing cup of joe. In our opinion, coffee is part of the DC culture, so goDCgo is shining a spotlight on some of the city's very own local cafés and coffee shops. Since there is such a long list of popular spots, we're creating an alphabetical series, so there will be even more to come! For now, let's jump into the first few. Be on the lookout for your favorite, and keep following us for the best ways to get there using alternative transportation for a true DC experience!
Are you a fan of the performing arts? Get ready to celebrate theatre season in the DC region! Starting September 22 to October 9, 2022, the District will launch Theatre Week to kick-off the popular production season by providing discount tickets to over 20 live shows and hosting a community kickoff party, along with dozens of free events to entertain, educate, and inspire. With plenty of participating theaters and productions, Theatre Week is an opportunity to sample diverse and vibrant work throughout the city.
To help you prepare for these plays, musicals, dramas, comedies, and other #DCTheatre productions, goDCgo has highlighted the top 10 venues in the city and the best ways to get there by foot, bike, bus, or Metro.
While Washington, DC has reopened for the summer, there's even more coming in the fall! We're getting back to our regularly scheduled programming and looking forward to the return of in-person music and food events, art shows, and neighborhood festivals throughout the city. There's a long list of upcoming events, so goDCgo has highlighted five popular fall festivals that you should attend and the best ways to get there without a car. Please be advised that face masks are required for ALL riders when using public transit while on board, within stations, and at bus stops. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
Whether you live in the District or visiting to experience the culture, goDCgo highly suggests leaving the car behind to avoid traffic and the search for parking. Get to the fall festivities using sustainable transportation instead! In addition to the public transit options below, you can easily get around by walking, bikeshare, or scooter.
As many employers have transitioned back to the worksite, the four-day work week has become a popular topic. In fact, the number of ZipRecruiter jobs that mention four-day work weeks is up 67% this year. This comes as no surprise to employers watching the trends, as 66% of US workers report wanting to work fewer than 5 days a week, and 85% approve of moving to a four-day work week. In addition to the four-day work week’s favorability among employees, there are many pilots occurring globally in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and some in the United States that are showing the four-day work week is beneficial for companies and management; reporting increases in productivity, greater ability to attract and retain talent, and improvements in company loyalty.