The Personal Benefits of “Mobility Management”

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Chris is chief of Arlington County Commuter Services in Arlington, Virginia. He specializes in smart growth and urban planning.
December 17, 2012

“Mobility management” is, from a personal perspective, about accessibility. It’s about having travel options that are superior to driving alone.

For an individual, mobility management has a lot of benefits.

You can save a lot of money. Often, you can also save time. You might save on the stress of getting caught in traffic.

There’s a certain amount of interaction with your environment, your neighbors, and your social space that you don’t get when you close yourself into a car every day.

When gas prices spike, The Commuter Store® sees more people visiting, crying “uncle, I’m ready to stop spending so much money on my car commutes.”

Incorporating walking into commuting can make you healthier, and can make everybody else around you healthier who isn’t breathing in the toxic fumes from your car. And you get to know your community better.

Biking or walking to work incorporates exercise into the daily routine rather than having to make room for an hour outside of work or playtime to go to the gym.

Taking work on the train becomes a good use of time while traveling. Read a book. Catch up on the newspaper. Plan the day on the way in. Make notes from the day on the way out.

All these things will make commutes more relaxed when they get home at night, leading to a better quality of life.

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