rearviewmirror wrote:Anyone who thinks that more roads is the answer should spend some time driving in Los Angeles. The last week has been hell for me over here, and I realize more and more how additional roads (freeways) only makes things worse. Alternate forms of transport (bikes,trains) and flexible working hours / telecommuting are the real answers to congestion.
Imagine if we all worked a nine-day fortnight - an immediate 10% drop in commuter (private car, bike, pedestrian and public transport) volumes. Obviously not a feasible solution for all people in all workplaces but for many white-collar knowledge workers in CBD offices it certainly is. Even if only a third of poeple could realistically do it, that's a 3% reduction daily and that's a lot of commuters.
What's in it for the boss?
- more productive staff who have one fewer start up and shut down each fortnight
- better rested staff
- reduced need for office space if a sensible hot-desking process is developed
What's in it for the employee?
- one less commute each fortnight
- an extra leisure day each fortnight
- an extra hour at work each day in return for a clearer commute run
It does presuppose that the "10th day" is not automatically a Monday or Friday; it must be spread across all 10 days of the work fortnight and the day off rotated among all participating staff.
I actually put this proposal to my former MD when we were about to move from St Kilda to Southwharf and office space looked likely to be very crowded. It required some creative thinking and quickly went into the too hard basket.