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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

NPR: biking employees are healthy employees

NPR's Morning Edition recently featured National Geographic CEO John Fahey, who leads daily lunchtime rides with his Washington, DC coworkers.

At the heart of the story was a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health showing cycling has tripled in the largest US cities over the last two decades. The study also found that the U.S. cities with the highest rates of walking and cycling to work have obesity rates that are 20 percent lower and diabetes rates that are 23 percent lower than U.S. cities with the lowest rates of walking and cycling.

Fahey knows that active employees will experience a reduction in chronic disease and healthcare costs, an increase in moral, and overall, they will add to the bottom line.

Really, to build it into [my] daily routine by commuting…has just been the best thing, says senior photo editor Dan Westergren.

It also might be a good idea to let the CEO win the sprint when lunch is over.