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Commuting to work options

Walking, biking, carpooling and taking transit to work are great ways to help the environment and yourself! Sustainable commuting options add exercise and stress relief to your daily routine.

Once you have your VCH network ID and password, visit the Commuting options webpage (VCH network only) for more information. It's available under the Working Here – Safety, health & wellness tab at the top of the page.

On this page

  1. Transit subsidy program
  2. Bike to work
  3. Bike share
  4. Carpool (GoOrca)
  5. Carshare
  6. Complimentary Shuttle Service
  7. Walk to work
  8. Parking
  9. Contact

Transit subsidy program

Permanent full-time and part-time VCH employees are eligible for subsidies based on the number of zones they travel through during their commute. 

Once you have your network ID and password, visit the Transit to Work (VCH network only) webpage for more information and instructions on how to apply. 

Bike to work

VCH employees are welcome to use secure bike cages at Vancouver General Hospital, Richmond Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital and UBC Hospital.

Bike cages are complimentary to use, accessed by photo ID, and monitored by security cameras.

In addition to complimentary bike cages, the VCH Cycling Centre at Vancouver General Hospital features secure bike racks and lockers, clothing lockers and change rooms, showers with towels, air pumps and repair tools. 

Once you have your VCH network ID and password, visit the Bike to Work webpage (VCH network only) to see pricing details and fill out an application to access the bike cages or the VCH Cycling Centre. 

Bike share  

Bike share is a service that makes public bicycles available for shared use. The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any station in the system, making bike share ideal for short, one-way trips.

Mobi bike share offers deals for all VCH cyclists to improve their health and wellness. VCH has partnered with Mobi to give employees access to a discounted one-year membership with up to $40 in savings.  For details, view the Mobi VCH staff promo flyer (VCH network only).

Carpool (GoOrca)

GoOrca is a website and app created by VCH that offers a quick, secure and personal way to find neighbours with a similar commute.

You can create one or more trip profiles for different worksites and changes in your availability. Your details are kept private, and home addresses and last names are never shared. 

When you receive your VCH email address, logon from your computer or the app on your phone. Once confirmed, you can change your preferred email.

For more information, visit the GoOrca webpage or the Carpool to Work webpage (VCH network only).

Carshare

Modo

Modo vehicles can be booked ahead of time or on-the-go in the Lower Mainland, Squamish, the Okanagan and Vancouver Island.

Modo is currently offering a promotional credit for VCH employees who are new Modo members. The $50 credit is automatically applied toward booking costs and expires after two months. Once you have your network ID and password, visit the Carshare page (VCH network only) for the promo code.

Evo

Evo Car Share allows you to find a car nearby for a convenient and affordable way to get around Vancouver. You only pay for what you use – gas, insurance and parking are all included. You can leave Evo in any approved parking space within the Home Zone. 

Complimentary Shuttle Service

  • two 15-passenger shuttles between Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and UBC Hospital
  • two 15-passenger shuttles between Saint Paul's Hospital and BC Children's & Women's Hospital (BCCW)
  • one 7-passenger shuttle between Mount Saint Joseph (MSJ), BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) and VGH
Once you have your network ID and password, visit the Inter-hospital shuttle service page (VCH network only) for details including shuttle schedules.

Walk to work

A half-hour walk can give you a third of the recommended 10,000 steps per day. Add a friendly colleague and you've got an easy, free activity that is beneficial for stress relief and overall emotional well-being.

The psychological benefits of daily walking trips appear so significant that active commuters are thought to be happier and more focused at work.

If your drive or transit ride is relatively short, why not challenge yourself to walk? You might be surprised at how quick it seems without time spent finding parking or waiting for a bus. 

Parking

For parking information, payments and frequently asked questions  about parking at VCH sites, visit the parking at work page (VCH network only) after you receive your username and password.

If you need any information about commuting to work or assistance while you wait for your access to the VCH network, you can reach out to Transportation Services:

Contact Transportation Services

If you need any information about commuting to work or assistance while you wait for your access to the VCH network, please contact Transportation Services:

Email: Commuting@vch.ca
Tel: (604) 785-3409

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