Euan wrote:As it stands I think it's rare that any cyclist in Victoria is affected by congestion, so I can't see it making any difference to cyclists. Most people have little felxibility about their work hours so can't see much changing there.
Most people currently
have little flexibility about their work hours. If this website starts a few people thinking about the benefits of flexible work hours and then discussing it with their employers, maybe something will change.
I'm not going to hold my breath, however, because most management types seem to see the challenges first and stop there instead of looking at the benefits and deciding to find solutions.
I tried, with a fairly open minded MD a few years back, to broach the subject of a nine-day-fortnight. We were being taken over and the new company had large, new premises at SouthWharf where we were all going to have to move and it was going to be a bit tight. A nine day fortnight with hot desking offered the following benefits:
- 20% reduction in desk space requirement
- 20% reduction in start and end of day lost productivity
- a very significant return of family time to workers
- 20% reduction in the number of car parking spaces required (they'd promised us one each!!)
- reduced commuting time for most people as trips would be a little bit off-peak
Of course, it wasn't an absolutely automatic fit for everybody so discussion stopped at that point.
But just think what would happen to transport congestion overall if even 25% of businesses offered a nine-day-fortnight to 50% of their staff. The peak hour volumes reduce and the load spreads a little at either end. (To change 10 days to 9 means working one more hour per day which would be paid back in a shorter commute on each of those days plus the elimination of the commute on day 10 when you sleep in or go riding!)