Only in a few active travel strongholds, typically in the inner city, do Australian cycling and walking rates get close to those in Europe.
A comparison of Australian cities reveals cyclists and walkers are still very much a minority of commuters, despite the economic, health and environmental costs. Action on three fronts is needed.
Waiting for my lunch 2014. What happens when we start noticing the white noise of ‘non places’?
We constantly use electronic devices to distract ourselves from the tedium associated with waiting. Yet being bored can be a creative activity.
The Netherlands’ cycleways are popular for commuting, because the infrastructure is safe, accessible and convenient.
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The evidence suggests a small investment in cycling infrastructure, combined with less punitive policing, would enable more Australians to escape daily traffic congestion.
It won’t surprise Eastern Freeway users that the commute from the northeast of Melbourne to the CBD is the worst.
For Melbourne drivers who comfort themselves with the thought that traffic congestion is worse in Sydney, sorry but new analysis shows overall delays are similar, but some commutes are especially bad.
All it takes is data ... lots of data.
Pedal to the office and your risk of an early death drop by over 40%.
Do we really need one each?
Think you couldn't possibly do without your car? There are more options than you might think.
The mining industry is the largest and perhaps most visible contributor to Australia’s army of long-distance commuters.
Regions that offer adquate amenities for residents have the best chance of converting long-distance commuters into the sort of new residents who can sustain regional prosperity.
New technology and real-time data are breaking down the old transport system silos.
Roads versus public transport: for decades, these have been the battle lines in debates over transport in our cities. But a revolution in mobility is under way that will transform our thinking.
Water use for transport is significant.
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Travelling to work can require as much water as you use at home.
There are no quick fixes.
Australian governments should support the private sector to develop urban rail projects, based on examples from the US.
The Australian government should look to the private sector to fund, develop and run more urban rail projects.
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Reducing the work week is one of the easiest steps we could take to radically reduce our environmental impact.
If only commuting was so simple.
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Many of Britain's railway employees, customers and bosses are unhappy at the state of the nation's services.
Falling revenues and cuts are threatening a crucial lifeline for those living in country areas.
South Korea is one of many countries with a high speed rail network.
The private consortium CLARA is proposing a high speed rail network between Sydney and Melbourne paid for by value capture but it still relies on the benefits outweighing the costs.
Connecting the city and regions, long-distance commuting is a significant factor in regional centres.
Long-distance commuting may help promote the development of regional cities by boosting local populations, skills and incomes.
Time to ditch those bad habits?
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It's the best time to make a fresh start.
Instead of trying to maintain our usual routines in the face of huge disruptions, we should use them as a welcome opportunity to mix things up.
Cancel my nine o'clock.
Commuting is always a hot topic. This week, I was invited onto a BBC regional radio station to talk about why we find commuting so stressful: a caller had gone on a rant to producers about local roadworks…