Businesses of the Gold Coast are moving in the right direction by motivating their workforce to use active travel instead of their car for travel to and from work.
A workplace travel plan encourages employees to seek alternative travel choices than travelling by car, alone, to and from work. Easy-to-implement options include walking (or running), cycling, carpooling and public transport.
The result is reduced peak-time road congestion, reduced demand for car parking and a healthier workforce.
A workplace travel plan also gets the tick of approval from the environment and is an easy way for businesses to meet their broader sustainability goals as well as positioning them as an employer of choice.
Did you know that one quarter of all Gold Coast workers live within five kilometres of their workplace? With having close to 300 sunny days per year, 54 kilometres of beaches and a relatively flat topography, the Gold Coast provides the perfect environment and backdrop for walking.
A combination of walking and either public transport or cycling are great options for those who live a little further away from your business, but still want to leave the car at home and increase their exercise. Use our walk, cycle and public transport maps to plan your trip.
Download the Walking to work fact sheet.
With over half the Gold Coast population living within 10 kilometres of their workplace, many of us could consider cycling to work. It’s a mode of transport that’s not only healthy, social and inexpensive, but also requires little effort or prior planning. Plus, you could be at work in as little as 10 to 20 minutes. The average person can cycle one kilometre every four minutes.
Download the Cycling to work fact sheet.
City of Gold Coast offers a range of resources, maps and free cycling workshops. Talk to us about how a workshop can be tailored to your business and encourage more of your workforce to cycle to and from work.
All workshops are facilitated by some of the most experienced cyclists in Australia, who are all Cycling Australia accredited instructors. They cover cyclist rights and responsibilities, interaction with other road users, visibility and shared road use.
Workshop booking information
Grab your workmates and hop on your bike. All the cycling workshops are free. Bookings are required. Email email@example.com with your details of which session you would like to attend, or phone our Active Travel team on 07 5582 8677. Bookings to be made weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.
Catching public transport can allow you to avoid traffic and the stresses of commuting in peak period. Travellers can spend the commute reading, relaxing or preparing for the day. Public transport can be an easy, cost-effective and convenient mode of transport. Why not combine public transport with cycling or walking to get to and from work?
Download the Catching public transport to work fact sheet.
Carpooling is a practical way for staff that travel to and from the same area to reduce their own individual transport costs and ease demand on the roads. Additionally, carpooling provides your staff with the opportunity to engage socially outside of the office environment. By working to have fewer cars on our roads, carpooling also offers a great way to promote your business as contributing to reducing emissions.
Use the QLDTraffic app to plan your commute.
Download the Carpooling to work fact sheet.
Check out some of the great travel initiatives already undertaken by Gold Coast workplaces.
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