A focus on end-of-trip facilities in Canberra’s working spaces could have far-reaching benefits for productivity and wellbeing.
Even with lots of people travelling between districts for work, non-car transport is growing. Canberra Government research shows that some 40 percent of people have a commute of fewer than 10 kilometres, while a wealth of public transport and bicycle options mean residents are not restricted to using their cars.
But there remain issues with this kind of transport -, especially around our commercial spaces. By improving our end-of-trip facilities, we can improve everyone’s day.
HOW END OF TRIP FACILITIES WORK
End-of-trip facilities are systems designed for people who don’t use cars for their commute. This includes runners, joggers, cyclists, and even those who skateboard or scooter to work.
Think changing rooms, lockers and showers for early-morning runners, and bike racks for those who come to the office on two wheels. Structural elements like bike ramps or storage rooms can also be useful. Think about the layout of your commercial space – what can you change to cater to people who don’t drive?
From a government perspective, end-of-trip facilities can be around making the journey more appealing – providing more fountains, covering and seating on the routes people are likely to take.
This introduces a combination of public transport and walking to get to most things they need.Taylor & Francis research indicates that right across the globe, young people are turning away from driving licenses, suggesting a strong shift towards travelling by foot.
THE BENEFITS OF END-OF-TRIP FACILITIES
The primary benefits of end-of-trip facilities are in the incentivisation of alternative transport. Reliance on motorised methods – especially private vehicles – contributes to high traffic, air pollution and overcrowding of parking lots.
By creating more facilities specifically for people who don’t travel to work this way, you can foster a culture of health and active behaviour. Research indicates that promotion of these facilities can also improve productivity and staff well-being.