In April 2019 WALGA staff were invited to complete a travel survey. There was a 65% response rate. The results showed the predominant mode of transport to and from work was in the car as the driver alone (31%), followed by public transport plus walking (20%). There were numerous suggestions provided by staff to promote active and public transport including providing incentives, improving the end of trip facilities, activities and bicycle education. These results are valuable for WALGA and suitable actions can now be progressed.
During March WALGA promoted profiles of staff who use sustainable transport within the internal staff newsletter. Three staff were interviewed on how they travel to/from work and the benefits they get from having an active commute. The Your Move program has started with a bang this month and we hope to encourage and inspire more people to change their commuting habits to and from work.
WALGA officially launched the Your Move program during Bike Week on 21 March with a breakfast in the staff hub. It was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all staff who cycle or walk to work, as well as those who were interested in learning more about commuting using sustainable transport options.
Many conversations were shared on favourite cycle routes or walking paths over a fresh muesli/yoghurt/fruit cup, and the temptation of delicious breakfast kept a steady stream of curious staff wandering in to see what all the excitement was about.
WALGA has joined Your Move to reinvigorate its commitment to sustainable transport modes. WALGA was previously involved with sustainable transport through the former TravelSmart program, undertaking travel surveys in 2012 and 2014, as well as purchasing SmartRiders for staff use and developing an access guide. In 2018 WALGA's State Council endorsed policy statements for climate change and vehicle emissions and its important that WALGA demonstrates its commitment. Stay tuned for upcoming stories.
The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) is working for Local Government in Western Australia. As the peak industry body, WALGA advocates on behalf of 138 WA Local Governments and negotiates service agreements for the sector. WALGA is not a government department or agency.
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