Most of my working life I have worked around the conurbation of greater Nottingham. I have walked, jogged, cycled, driven and used public transport on a variety of routes. I currently walk a brisk 4 miles to West Bridgford. This takes me 55 minutes, door to door, rain or shine, any day of the week.None of the other methods can be timed as reliably.
My mindset is to enjoy the commute, and not to see it as a chore.
A study published by the Mail Online shows the average UK worker spends 41 minutes commuting every day, but the number spending a total of three hours or more travelling has risen to 1.84 million (9% of the workforce). That figure has risen by 50 per cent in the last 5 years.
The report found that the car is Britain’s most popular method of transport, accounting for more than half of work-related journeys. Around one in 10 people will take the train, but only one in 40 choosing to cycle.
We have to accept that, whilst we enjoy owning and being settled in our own homes, this can adversely affect our commute as we change job locations.
We also have to accept that many people are nervous about cycling on busy roads.
So let us take 60 minutes as being a standard commute time. This being a reasonable amount of time.
Now consider those lucky people who only have a 10-20 minute, 4 mile journey in their car. People who tend to leave home at the last minute and who get complacent with their timekeeping. With a simple adjustment, they can turn their short and boring commute into an enjoyable and healthy start/end of the working day.
All that needs to be done is:
Get the map out, study the options, and dependent on current fitness level, break the journey into sections and a combination that suits the individual.
Walk + Bus or Drive + Walk or Cycle + Bus or Cycle + Bus + Walk.Photograph of Raleigh cycle Nottingham courtesy of Bicyclesafari Blogspot.com
Another option may be to drive to work and walk home, doing the opposite the following day.
Once the mindset has changed, the commute can become a pleasure, and something that, with basic planning, can be varied and something to look forward to.
For those readers in the Nottingham area, join the revolution, for others elsewhere, it is time for a rethink.
A 2010 report published in The Guardian suggested that Nottingham was already leading the way.
Award-winning bus services, a European-style embrace of the tram and a bias against out-of-town shopping centres were cited as powerful incentives for residents of Nottingham to leave their cars at home, according to a report by the Campaign for Better Transport