Riding high in Melbourne – the advantages of commuting convenience
No one likes being stuck in traffic.
The bad news is as Melbourne continues to expand the pressure on our roads is increasing. Would you believe that Melbourne drivers spend on average 500 hours per year commuting to and from work. That’s three weeks!
But more than just saving time, being able to easily access employment hotspots, especially the CBD, will also see you gain much greater access to opportunities.
Research undertaken by the Melbourne Metro Authority illustrates just that. Their figures show that Central Melbourne is set to become Australia’s largest business centre with jobs projected to grow from the 435,000 existing in 2011 to almost 900,000 jobs by 2051.
It’s little wonder that as each year passes, properties positioned close to great public transport are becoming ever more desirable with buyers.
Long gone are the days when it was thought that living close to public transport infrastructure was bad for the liveability of nearby residents. In fact, research carried out by the University of Minnesota in 2013 shows otherwise.
Its key finding: higher levels of mobility afforded by public transport and its associated access to great social and cultural destinations were correlated with higher levels of happiness.
It can even improve your health.
A study published in medical journal The Lancet, showed that physical activity was indeed affected by the concentration of a number of urban elements including population, parks, public transit, and intersections.
In short, the study found that well-designed urban areas can help keep people active and reduce rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
While it can be a regular topic of consternation, public transportation delivers so many benefits – both social, economic and environmental – that enrich all members of a community. Here are some of the benefits of public transport that are listed on the Public Transport Victoria’s website:
• Helps foster a sense of community – for example, people travelling together are more likely to feel a community connection than those travelling in cars in isolation.
• Encourages people to have a more active healthy lifestyle, particularly if they are walking or cycling to their station or stop.
• Is less stressful – rather than driving in traffic or wasting time looking for an elusive car park, public transport passengers can relax and listen to music, play computer games or read a book.
• Travel is cheaper than owning and operating a car.
• Reduces the need for building vast car parks on valuable land that could have otherwise been used as highly prized office or retail space.
• Reduces pollution and road congestion – the more people who travel by train, tram or bus, the fewer cars on the road.
• Requires less land use than road infrastructure.
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30 August 2017 News