More ways to travel
Find out how you can avoid a trip, or travel using a method, time or route that will lessen the impact of your travel.
You’re not stuck in traffic – you are traffic! It’s no fun being held up on a congested road and it’s not great for the environment either. So here are some pointers that may help you with your travel planning.
Can the trip be avoided?
Perhaps the service you are seeking is available online, or maybe Teleworkis an alternative to travelling to work on some days at your workplace. While at work, consider if you can use video or teleconferences to avoid an off-site meeting.
Is there a more efficient way to travel?
Walking can be a good option, especially for trips less than 2km in length, and cycling may be another option for some, especially for trips less than 5km in length. These types of distances can be travelled in about 20 minutes which is usually a pretty comfortable travel time for most people.
Or, you might be able to combine walking and/or cycling with public transport (PT). PT is particularly effective where the journey can be made on a single mode, or with just one change, and where stops are located close to your origin and destination.
If taking the car is the only option, see if you can make the trip with others. Also consider going to a more local shop or service, or doing lots of things in one trip instead of separate trips for everything.
Can you leave at a different time?
Where you can, consider making appointments outside of peak commuter periods. Even for work commuter trips, you may wish to consider flexible working arrangements if these are offered at your workplace, so that you can travel at a time that is efficient for your particular commute. Checking real time travel conditions before leaving is also worthwhile, so you can alter your departure time accordingly.
Can you travel via an alternative route?
Before you travel, make sure you visit our VicTraffic appto view live traffic conditions. VicTraffic can help you identify any incidents that may impact your journey helping you to decide whether to change your route or leave at a different time.
Why not check the weather at Victoria weatheras well? If it looks like rain, you may need to allow more time for your journey. If the weather is fine, it might be nice to walk or ride, particularly if your trip is short.