Sydney’s travel behaviour change champions were given a well-deserved moment in the spotlight this week at the 2019 Travel Choices Awards, hosted by Transport for NSW to recognise organisations, businesses and individuals helping to shape our city’s travel behaviours.
Sydney is in the midst of huge growth, and Travel Choices aims to enable commuters to make informed choices about their daily commute, and shape long term, sustainable travel behaviour.
Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast announced the winners at the 23 October Awards ceremony, applauding all the nominees for their creative ideas and dedication.
“The Sydney business community continues to amaze us with their support for Tomorrow’s Sydney,” she said.
“They recognise the benefits to their staff and have backed the Travel Choices program one hundred per cent.
“Their impressive initiatives showcased today show how committed they are to keeping Sydney moving during this period of unprecedented growth.”
With so many nominations received across 5 categories, judges had a challenging task selecting the winners.
Transport for NSW Greater Sydney Division Deputy Secretary, Elizabeth Mildwater praised the Travel Choices team and all the nominees for the impact their work is having on addressing congestion.
“Sustainable transport behaviour is everyone’s business,” she said.
“Reducing travel congestion in peak times not only increases productivity, but it provides safer and more reliable journeys for our customers.
“Transport Coordination’s Travel Choices program has been leading the way with travel demand management strategies to support businesses and reduce pressure on our network while we continue to build key transport infrastructure. The Awards showcases the great work of the Travel Choices team within Greater Sydney to promote travel behaviour change.”
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Travel Choices awards:
Winner - Yvonne Poon, BIKEast
For her efforts in managing BIKEast, Walk Sydney and Cycling without Age as a volunteer and the progress they have made in encouraging walking and cycling.
Winner - Erin Wise, Foxtel
For her work in promoting travel behaviour change including greater public transport use and carpooling with Foxtel’s huge workforce and going above and beyond for the cause.
Paul Morgan, Lendlease
For successfully co-ordinating every aspect of the Green Travel Plan for the Barangaroo precinct.
Initiative of the Year
Winner - Optus
For their On Track Program that supported their huge workforce’s commute during the Epping to Chatswood Rail Line Upgrade in preparation for Metro.
For the comprehensive Randwick Hospitals Campus Green Travel Plan for this key precinct.
Organisation of the Year – CBD/SE and Northern Beaches
Winner - Commonwealth Bank
For their innovative approaches to promoting sustainable travel whilst relocating 10,000 of their employees from Parramatta and Olympic Park to South Eveleigh.
For striving for measurable travel behaviour change with its 40,000 tenants and delivering results, such as, an 83% reduction in single occupant vehicle use in two of their buildings.
Organisation of the Year Macquarie Park
Winner - Macquarie University
For their comprehensive suite of initiatives that enables students and staff to utilise sustainable transport outside the peak by, for example, shifting up to 6,000 students through their timetable changes and digital timetable displays during the Epping to Chatswood Rail Line Upgrade and in preparation for Metro.
Metcash Ltd and Schneider Electric
For their initiatives making it easy to utilise flexible working policies and reduce the need to travel in peak or travel at all, during the Epping to Chatswood Rail Line Upgrade in preparation for Metro.
Winner - Randwick City Council
For three key initiatives - advocacy and support for CBD / SE Light rail, creating active transport options for staff/residents and supporting car share across Randwick LGA
The Heart Foundation (NSW office)
For supporting active transport with their staff during their commute and for business travel.
For more information and resources visit our Travel Choices page.