I moved offices earlier this year to Bibra Lake Industrial Area and conducted a travel survey of all staff in my new workplace. There were no surprises to me that 94% of the nearly 100 staff members drive their car to work, as the car park is always full. I was surprised that despite the fact that the local area is a relatively hostile environment, there are a few people who do walk or ride to work. I was also surprised how far people drive to work as 60% live more than 10 km away and half of those more than 30km away. They are unable to use public transport due to their work hours and their work location.
I will work on improving the hostile environment by improving the paths in the area as much as I can. There are currently many missing paths. A staff shuttle bus comes past twice a day, but this is only useful to staff that work specific hours, not those that start early or finish late. There are no buses within 1 km and no linking paths. This is not unusual in industrial areas. It does created a TravelSmart black hole though and makes the challenge to get more people walking, riding and using public transport difficult in this area. Lucky I like a challenge. A quarter of those surveyed live within 5 km. I will do what I can to make it easier for those wanting to walk and ride in the area, by improving the existing paths, putting in grant applications to build additional paths and seeing if a tree or two can be added to improve their journey through this hostile area.