Travel Choices is a free resource to help individuals and organisations prepare for and adapt to the changes to Sydney’s transport and road network. The Travel Choices team is here to provide support for those making the shift to more sustainable ways of moving in, out and around Sydney.
We sat down with our Travel Choice awards winners and nominees to discuss the initiatives they have implemented to promote better travel decisions across their organisations, and to find out how they have been changing company culture and encouraging employees to make better Travel Choices.
Check out the fantastic work these winners have been doing to improve our city’s travel behaviours as we work together to build Tomorrow’s Sydney.
A change of address leads to a new way of thinking for EY
Encouraging more sustainable ways for City of Sydney staff to travel
Metlife's flexible work policies empower staff to make the best travel decisions
'Walk to UTS Day' is a great way to encourage staff to leave the car at home
Expedia's flexible working policy means staff reduce their peak hour travel and enhance productivity
TRAVEL CHOICES AWARDS WINNERS
On Friday 29 September, Tim Reardon, Secretary - Transport for NSW, and Marg Prendergast, Coordinator General - Sydney Coordination Office, announced the winners of the 2017 Travel Choices Awards. We would like to thank everyone who participated and a special thank you to all nominees for their exceptional effort in changing our city’s travel behaviours as we work together to build Tomorrow’s Sydney.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Travel Choices Awards:
- Travel Choices Rising Star – Metlife
- Travel Choices Initiative of the Year – Walk to UTS Day, UTS
- Travel Choices Champion of the Year – Haidi Egan, City of Sydney
- Highly commended - Denise Grant-Foster, EY and Keith Fung, UTS
- Travel Choices Organisation of the Year – EY
- Highly commended - Expedia
Stay tuned for a look at what fantastic work these winners and other nominees have been doing as part of the Travel Choices program!
TRAVEL CHOICES CELEBRATES TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Travel Choices has connected with more than 650 organisations and over 170,000 commuters since the program launched in 2015.
During this time, more than three million additional trips have been made into the CBD by public transport – that’s roughly the population of Madrid.
Take part in our Travel Choices survey for a chance to win a $100 Opal Card.
INDIVIDUALS - GET INVOLVED
Sydney is going through unprecedented change. Adjusting the way you travel to, from and around Sydney can help you have a more reliable and comfortable journey.
Reconsidering the way you travel can help you cut carbon emissions, reduce traffic congestion, improve your health and save you time and money.
Ride and shine
- Use our new public transport services and leave the car at home.
- Public transport can be a more reliable alternative to driving, and it allows you time to concentrate on something other than driving such as reading a book.
- People who regularly catch public transport get about 35 minutes physical activity per day, compared to people who drive who average 10 minutes a day; that’s a huge contribution to reaching your daily needs (Australian Government Physical Activity Guidelines)
- Cycling or walking for part of your journey can be a great way to incorporate physical activity into your daily commute. Check out our interactive map which includes a cycleway finder and locations of bike racks and lockers. The City of Sydney Cycleways website has a suite of free resources for cyclists including ride guides and details of free tune ups for your bikes and courses to get your confidence up.
- Switching to public transport helps to cut vehicle emissions. Every kilometre walked or cycled, instead of driven, cuts out nearly 0.2kg of CO2e.
- Download one of the handy public transport apps for real-time service updates, the closest stations, stops and wharves, and accessibility details.
- Use the Trip planner at Transport Info to plan public transport trips across NSW.
Beat the peak
- If you can, avoid travelling during the morning and afternoon peaks especially between 8-9am and 5-6pm. This will help reduce your travel time, allow for a more comfortable journey and cut your stress levels.
- Find the best time to travel for a more comfortable journey by checking out a real-time public transport app. The NextThere app for buses also provide information on bus loads by service during the morning and afternoon peak periods – and might help you get a seat.
- Travelling on the train before or after the peak could also save you money. Visit the Opal website to find out more about off-peak Opal fares.
- Live Traffic NSW will keep you up to date with news of incidents and road conditions.
- You can also plan your journey and avoid congestion with real-time road apps.
- Using the city’s preferred driving routes to avoid busy roads could save you time and allow for a more relaxing journey.
- Flexible working makes employees healthier and more productive.
- Consider using teleconference facilities instead of making the trip for a face-to-face meeting.
- Could you try working from home for part of the day or working remotely to avoid travelling in the peak? View options and see what may work for you in our Travel Choices Flexible Working Toolkit.
- If you need to drive why not consider carpooling or carsharing to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on fuel, tolls, parking and vehicle wear and tear. Carpooling and carsharing apps in Sydney are available in the App store
BUSINESSES - GET INVOLVED
Since August 2015, the Travel Choices team has worked with more than 650 organisations in the CBD offering a range of support, including one-to-one consulting, group workshops, management briefings and ongoing information, advice and resources. Here’s how you can get involved:
Attend an upcoming workshop for an introduction to Travel Choices and advice on potential impacts to your staff, customers, servicing and delivery. They’re free and only 45 minutes. To book a workshop or arrange one for your building please contact the Travel Choices team directly by emailing email@example.com or calling 1800 632 500.
For organisations with a large number of staff in the CBD, one-to-one advice is available from a dedicated travel adviser. Travel Choices can undertake a travel survey to understand how your staff are travelling to and from work and develop a Travel Action Plan identifying opportunities and actions.
Contact the Travel Choices team directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1800 632 500.