With more travel choices than ever, why not try a better way
Travel Choices is here to provide individuals with ideas and options on how they can change their daily routine, and enjoy a more comfortable commute.
A little change can make a big difference to your health and help you get a better work life balance. Find out below the key ways you can change your travel behaviour to improve your commute and well-being .
Make public transport work for you
Leaving the car at home and using public transport can be a more comfortable alternative to driving; it allows you time to concentrate on something other than being at the wheel and enjoy activities such as reading or planning your next holiday.
Catching public transport helps contribute to your daily physical activity. People who regularly catch public transport get about 35 minutes physical activity per day, compared to people who drive who average only 10 minutes a day.(Australian Government Physical Activity Guidelines).
Planning ahead is key. Download one of the handy public transport apps like Trip Planner, Opal or Citymapper for real-time service updates, the closest stations, stops and wharves with walking and cycling distances and accessibility details.
Benefits of travelling outside the peak
- Travelling outside the peak is a great way to beat the morning and afternoon rush.
- It helps to cut down your travel time, allows for a more comfortable journey and beats the stress of sitting in traffic.
- Travelling on the train before or after the peak could also save you money. Visit the Opal website to find out more about off -peak Opal fares.
- Find the best time to travel and plan your journey by finding a real-time public transport app that suits you.
- When searching for your next home try using finderful.com to help cut time out of your commute. The site allows you to search for a house or apartment based on distance from your work address and shows travel time by different modes of transport including walking, bus and train, bike riding and car.
Flexible working, what is it and how can it help you?
Flexible working includes any work arrangement which changes the traditional Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 arrangements.
- Flexible working arrangements are proven to improve staff satisfaction.
- Work from home or an alternate location closer to home or your next meeting for part or all of the day if possible.
- Use teleconferencing to avoid travelling in the peak.
- For more info on how to make the most of flexible working arrangements in your workplace, see our flexible working factsheet.
How using active transport can benefit you
- Walking or riding your bike as part of your daily commute is a great way to improve and maintain your physical health and mental well-being. It keeps you active without the need for a gym membership and gives you some me-time in your busy day.
- Check out our interactive map of cycleways and locations of bike racks and lockers. The City of Sydney Cycleways website has a suite of free resources for bike riders in and around the CBD including ride guides, details of free tune ups for your bikes and courses to get your confidence up.
- Want to get more active on your commute to Macquarie Park? Live locally? Think about walking more as part of your commute or use the network of quieter bike routes in the precinct. If you are a new rider or anxious about getting back in the saddle, check out the Macquarie Park Bike Map
which shows all the precinct’s low traffic streets and off-road shared paths.
- To help you make the change to active transport check out our resources page here.
- If you need to drive, why not consider carpooling, car sharing apps or on demand services like Keoride to save money on registration, fuel, tolls, parking and vehicle wear and tear.
Travel Hacks can help reduce the stress of travelling in the peak and give you more you-time. Try a better way, find your travel hack here.
To encourage the development of innovative products which help Sydneysiders plan their travel and encourage them to re-think their travel choices, Transport for NSW ran the Travel Choices Innovation Challenge in 2017.
The aim of the challenge was to prompt innovative thinking around digital products and services that could provide customers with trip planning information alongside messages that encourage customer travel change.