I heard recently that Australia’s average commute time is continuing to get longer and is one of the worst in the world. ‘Commute’ in this context referring to car travel to work. Our commute time is a strong reflection of our planning, urban design and transport infrastructure, and I’ve posted regularly around how our neighbourhood design has a fundamental impact on our personal health and wellbeing.
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[Courtesy of Angus Kidman, Lifehacker]
When you research the commute figures from around the world there aren’t many that top Australia’s.
And it’s not just our time that is wasted. Think of the compounding impacts of spending all of this time each week sitting in a car;
- lost productivity for your business; some businesses in the US have rolled out their own staff ride-sharing apps and are saving big bucks annually;
- lost family time; yes I know sometimes the commute might actually be the only ‘quiet’ time you get, but let’s keep it big picture;
- crazy emissions; lots of people chugging along in their own cars, at speeds that are often the least fuel efficient for the vehicle;
- infrastructure costs; roads, roads, roads with all their bells and whistles
I’ve been searching for a while for an App that facilitates car sharing or ride sharing that also has a friendly interface and is usable where I live. So I’ve just downloaded Zimride, a US-based App that on the face of it appears usable in any country. [This App includes a ‘pay per ride’ function which I’m electing to turn off.]
The way I see it, the commute can be turned into a ‘captive networking’ opportunity, whether you’re giving a friend a lift, a work colleague, or a neighbour or a stranger. And each shared ride is one more car off the road.
I’ll definitely report back on this one [via Comments] – I’m not really sure what I’m in for.