Topic archives: commuting

That was The week That was…

That was The week That was…

November 19, 2017 1

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism in the news over the week ending 19 November 2017

Weekend reading 4/5 November

November 3, 2017

Weekend reading 2/3 September

September 1, 2017

How big are the public health benefits of riding to work?

How big are the public health benefits of riding to work?

May 1, 2017 1

Those who cycle to work have better health prospects than those who commute by car or transit but it's unlikely all the public health benefits would scale up if a lot more of us cycled

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in August

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in August

September 29, 2016

Including repurposing golf courses, cycle superhighways, rough sleeping, social isolation, Uber tax, tiny apartments, Olympic medals, super commutes, motorcycles, and more

Are cities bigger than we imagine?

Are cities bigger than we imagine?

June 16, 2016

Cities are invariably much "bigger" than they seem. Administrative boundaries almost always fail to capture the full extent of a city's economic and social influence

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

March 23, 2016 6

The duration of the average work-related trip in Melbourne is consistent with other large world cities in developed countries but the average doesn't show there's considerable variation by mode

Is Turnbull’s “30-minute city” all spin (or a really useful idea)?

Is Turnbull’s “30-minute city” all spin (or a really useful idea)?

March 16, 2016 8

Politicians don't like to be too specific because it invites criticism and accountability, so both the Government and the Opposition are spinning the aspirational idea of "the 30-minute city"

What were the most-read articles published by The Urbanist in 2015?

What were the most-read articles published by The Urbanist in 2015?

December 31, 2015

A “top-20” list of those articles published by The Urbanist that attracted the largest numbers of readers over the course of 2015, from trains to bicycles, architecture, motorways, and much more

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

August 25, 2015 7

Car use grew rapidly in Australia in the immediate post-war era. By 1976 cars accounted for 70% of all commutes across the nation's capital cities. It had all the hallmarks of an irresistible force

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

August 17, 2015 4

Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

August 12, 2015

Including the cost of infrastructure, what to do about traffic congestion, long commutes, car share, speeding fines, the growth of cycling, car parking, "dog box" apartments, and more

Does getting to work take way too long?

Does getting to work take way too long?

July 14, 2015 5

Bill Shorten's claim that most workers spend excessive time traveling to work by car isn't true. The key issue isn’t time; it's how many kilometres workers commute and what mode they use

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

January 21, 2015 25

The great majority of commuters in Australia’s major cities work in locations where public transport is so uncompetitive relative to cars they're prepared to pay a big premium to drive.

Does the typical outer suburban worker have a long commute?

Does the typical outer suburban worker have a long commute?

April 30, 2014 1

Another look at the claim the typical outer suburban commuter travels over an hour to get to work. More detailed data confirms again that the great majority commute for less than an hour

Do outer suburban workers have extra long commutes?

Do outer suburban workers have extra long commutes?

March 24, 2014 10

The popular idea that outer suburban workers spend two or more hours a day commuting is exaggerated. The key issue isn't time but how far they commute and how they get there

How will we get to work in the future?

How will we get to work in the future?

February 12, 2014 17

Achieving even a modest increase in the share of urban work trips carried by public transport in the future will be extraordinarily hard and require new ways of thinking about transport

The helmet law and commuting in Sydney and Melbourne

The helmet law and commuting in Sydney and Melbourne

December 24, 2013 7

A little more on the question of whether the helmet law deterred significant numbers of workers from commuting by bicycle. This time, some historical charts on cycling to work in capital cities

Did the helmet law reduce commuting by bicycle?

Did the helmet law reduce commuting by bicycle?

December 18, 2013 35

Critics of the mandatory bicycle helmet law introduced in Australia in the early 1990s claim it significantly reduced cycling to work at the time. But did it? And if it did, was it such a big deal?

How much extra does it cost to commute by car?

How much extra does it cost to commute by car?

December 17, 2013 12

A new study concludes Australian workers who live in the suburbs and drive to work in the CBD could save a fortune if they used public transport instead. But it's a choice most workers don't have