Topic archives: journey to work

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

August 9, 2017 4

It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible

Could the average trip to work nearly double by 2030?

Could the average trip to work nearly double by 2030?

June 22, 2017 4

The average one-way commute could increase by 28 minutes by 2030 according to Melbourne's Herald Sun. Sounds horrendous but it's scary tabloid journalism

Is walking to work the way to go?

Is walking to work the way to go?

July 28, 2016 3

Walking accounts for only a small share of journeys to work but has enormous potential. Its great advantage is it doesn't require huge licks of money for specialised infrastructure

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

Do a third of Melbourne workers really commute by public transport?

Do a third of Melbourne workers really commute by public transport?

July 8, 2015 3

Half of all commuters in Sydney and more than a third in Melbourne travel to their job by public transport according to The Age. Sounds wonderful, but unfortunately Fairfax got it wrong

Cycling: how do Australian cities compare with Paris?

Cycling: how do Australian cities compare with Paris?

January 12, 2015 25

They're considerably less dense and lack decent bike share, but the inner parts of Australia's major capitals have surprisingly high cycling mode shares approaching the level of central Paris

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

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

Are we doing enough to address the impact of cars?

Are we doing enough to address the impact of cars?

February 6, 2014 9

There’s a need for incremental improvements to support public transport in cities but by itself it’s not enough. We need to put much more effort into managing road-based transport better

How easy would it be to shift commuters out of their cars?

How easy would it be to shift commuters out of their cars?

February 4, 2014 6

New research finds over half of Australian workers say they'd likely use public transport if it were better. But is it just a simple matter of spending more to improve trains, trams and buses?

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?

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

October 18, 2013 5

Inner city residents can access many more jobs than those who live in the outer suburbs. But it doesn't follow that sprawl means the urban fringe is a wasteland of economic opportunity

Does commuting ruin your life?

Does commuting ruin your life?

August 7, 2013 12

The journey to work is routinely portrayed as a social evil that's bad for your health and for society. The reality is commutes aren't that arduous and provide important private and social benefits

Do commutes take too long?

Do commutes take too long?

March 20, 2013 22

Time-consuming commutes are said to be bad for us but new data from the car-centric USA shows most commutes aren't that long. The key problem with commuting isn't time but how far we travel

Are there issues that don’t warrant consultation?

Are there issues that don’t warrant consultation?

March 7, 2013 3

The received wisdom these days is the structure of big cities should be 'polycentric' rather than 'monocentric'. It's apparently so self-evidently desireable there's no need to consult with the public!

Is cycling to work on the rise?

Is cycling to work on the rise?

November 1, 2012 29

Despite the growing numbers of cyclists on the streets in peak hour, cycling's share of all work trips is small in all mainland capital cities and barely increasing

Is public transport winning the battle for commuters?

Is public transport winning the battle for commuters?

October 31, 2012 7

New Census 2011 data released yesterday shows public transport is on the rise for commuting and driving is waning. But there's no guarantee the change will be sustained.

Where does Melbourne end (and sprawl begin)?

June 12, 2011 12

Drive out towards Warburton and it seems easy to see where Melbourne ends and rural life begins. One minute you’re driving through houses, shops and businesses, when all of a sudden you’ve arrived in country. Except you’re actually still in Melbourne because the official boundary of the metropolitan area lies on the other (eastern) side […]

Are cars the key challenge?

April 6, 2011 17

The accompanying map from Charting Transport shows the proportion of journeys to work in Melbourne’s inner city undertaken by car in 2006 — the rest were by public transport, walking and cycling (note that green denotes a low share for cars and red a high share*). There is a clearly defined area — the ‘golden […]