It was interesting to read yesterday that more people drive to work in Adelaide than any other Australian capital city, especially given my post on Friday about Savings & Loans’ first Green Day.
I can’t say that I’m particularly surprised by the findings, given Adelaide’s geography and the fact that our metropolitan area spreads so far north and south of the CBD. This ‘urban sprawl’ is compacted by the fact that we have a population of just over a million people, making it very expensive to provide public transport services in these areas.
I’m happy to say that Savings & Loans’ staff use public transport more than other Adelaide residents. A survey we ran last year showed 38.1% of our staff use public transport to travel to work, while the figures in today’s article state that only 9.9% of locals do the same thing.
As well as encouraging our staff to use public transport, we benefit from having a large proportion of our workforce based in Adelaide’s CBD – somewhere that is relatively easy to access via public transport. Having said that, we still have 25% of our staff driving to work alone – and I have to admit that I’m one of them.
With the strange hours I sometimes work and the number of functions and meetings I attend after hours, it would just be impractical to catch the bus or train everywhere. But I’ve taken steps to reduce my impact on the environment – I drive a Smart Car and use Savings & Loans’ partnership with Carbon Neutral to offset its carbon emissions.
I can’t see a time when we’ll all use public transport and get rid of our cars, but I hope we’ll start to drive ourselves less and less.