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Rachael Mackey
Town of Bassendean

Ready, steady, go!

This story is related to Planning session with Your Move

On Wednesday, 30 January our ToB champions held a workshop led by David from the Your Move team to assist us in planning out our workplace actions and creating a travel plan.

We started by looking at the main findings of our travel survey which as per my previous post indicates that most people were driving and hardly anyone was using public transport which is pretty normal behaviour when there’s free and ample parking around the Town.

We then began identifying some opportunities and challenges for staff when reconsidering their travel choices. In this case having a person from HR present was a real asset when attempting to think of existing strategies we could leverage to get the ball rolling on workplace activities.

Although a few barriers emerged that needed immediate attention; lack of access to end of trip facilities and lack of secure bike parking around the Town.

This led us to brainstorm some quick wins that we could put in place as soon as possible. As there’s no point in encouraging people to ride when there’s no place to shower or park their bike during the work day! No one want to be sweaty and get their bike stolen – am I right?!

At the moment we are currently in the process of finalising the action plan and can’t wait to let you know what we come up with.

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Rachael Mackey
Town of Bassendean

Results are in..

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Last year we ran the travel survey across November/December to assess how the Town’s staff are currently getting around and the determine the potential for change within the cohort.

We incentivised the travel survey by having a random prize draw offering either a voucher to a local café or The Tasty Pear, an art collective store that’s in the area. This seemed to be quite effective with 48 employees taking part in the survey.

We plan to award the prize at our workplace launch event in the coming weeks.

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Rachael Mackey
Town of Bassendean

We wheelie like prizes!

I’m not sure about you guys but we’re at the tail end of finalizing Australia Day 2019 which is one of our biggest events of the year.

Historically speaking it’s attracted upwards of 15,000 people (and a lot of cars!)

Therefore, as part of our event planning we try and offset the expected congestion and confusion caused by road closures by promoting travel choices to our residents.

One way we do this is by letting them know that Bike Valet is onsite, incentivized by the Prize Wheel (pictured below).

If you’re not sure how it works, the concept is pretty simple – once you’ve parked your bike with Bike Valet you get a spin on the wheel and win a prize from the corresponding number.

Prizes we’ve had previously include bike lights, bags, bike locks and more.

Next year we hope to stock the prize wheel full of Your Move merch!

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Rachael Mackey
Town of Bassendean

The move towards mixed mode travel

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I spent yesterday morning with my fellow ToB Your Move Champion, Tim, at the quarterly Your Move workplaces forum with a bunch of likeminded people all asking the same thing – there’s got to be more ways to get to work?!

Luckily we had Shannon Savage, Curtin University, Kate Debenham, Uber State Manager (WA & SA) and JJ O'Brien, Business Development at Liftango to let us know our options in regards to the future of car and ride sharing in the workplace, mobility as a service and how automation might impact the future of transport.

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One major revelation from my perspective was Uber Business as a possible solution to parking issues at events or even (as suggested by an attendee) to supplement a community bus service.

At our table we had a brainstorm with Kate around the possible negative side effects of mobility as a service and how we could mitigate them, leading to the idea of increasing public transport patronage through mixed mode travel. We came to the conclusion that education and breaking down perceived barriers was a key piece of the puzzle in changing behaviour and ensuring sustainability.

Thanks for organising this YM team, it was a very interesting way to spend a morning!

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Rachael Mackey
Town of Bassendean

ToB is getting on board!

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Here at the Town of Bassendean we pride ourselves on having a strong focus on sustainability, preservation of our natural environment, and embracing our rich cultural history as we are so connected to the natural environment that surrounds us.

In case you didn’t know, the Town was settled in 1839 and is located approximately 10 kilometres north-east of Perth and 5 minutes from the Swan Valley vineyards (convenient if, like me, you love wine).

Off the back of our Bike Plan being finalised earlier this year we decided embedding a program like Your Move within the council would be a great start in increasing the connection and commitment we all have to seeing the area thrive by encouraging staff to reconsider their travel choices.

We are super excited to get up and running and have the following planned for the rest of 2018:
• Running a travel survey - which we aim to kick off at the end of November.
• Attending the final Your Move Forum for the year.
• Investigating E-Bike options for possible implementation in 2019.
• Begin to develop a 2019 Travel Plan for the Town.

Stay tuned!

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