Two Link Tuesday: Leaving the Car in the Garage

A group of cyclists riding down Hargett St. in Raleigh, NC.

Multimodal Travel

At GoTriangle we are all about the bus. Whether you’re cruising Downtown Raleigh on the R-Line or using Triangle Transit to stay connected between cities, we’re so excited to see people utilizing transit. That being said, we don’t talk often enough about the other pieces involved in public transportation.

We know that if you’re using transit you’re probably including other forms of transportation as well. City Lab recently put up an article describing how cities need to address the need and existence of multimodal transportation. This excerpt from the article gives a perfect example of what multimodal travel looks like on a daily basis.

“If you leave your house in the morning as a driver, you are almost
certainly going to make all subsequent trips for the day by car,
eventually driving back to your garage. With many choices, however,we
might leave home on foot to the coffee shop, then take transit to work,
then cycle to the store and lug our groceries home in a taxi. For this
example, one car has been replaced by four separate modes of travel,
all of which represent choosing a mode for each trip based on what
works best for each person.”
 

We’re aware that people travel this way and are taking note of what we can do to help. CityLab gave three great ideas to be aware of and consider when planning to make cities more multimodal friendly.

  • Move past the idea that public transit and car use are at odds with one another.
  • Public and private forms of transportation have to work together.
  • When planning, all modes of transportation have to be incorporated:walking, biking, driving, public transit, taxis, etc.
Guy working on his laptop at a coffee shop.

A Triangle Transit employee spending one of his telework days at a local coffee shop.

Teleworking

In addition to thinking about ways to make our travel more efficient and less costly (be it paying for gas or negatively impacting the environment) we want to think about ways to travel less.

One of the most popular ways to go about this is by teleworking. Whether you can work from home full time or just one day a week, it carries with it a huge impact. Employers are starting to see the benefits of offering teleworking days to their employees:

  • working hours aren’t eaten up by commuting
  • productivity rises when office distractions aren’t curbing focus
  • employees are generally happier and do better work
  • cars aren’t being driven
  • money isn’t being spent on travel resources
  • it promotes a healthier work-life balance

A great tool for anyone interested or already involved in any amount of teleworking is “Workshifting“. This online resource pulls in tips, tricks, articles, etc. all revolving around this increase in people working from home, out of coffee shops, or constantly on the go.

If you’re wondering if teleworking is for you (or if you’re already included in the portion of the workforce that’s doing it) check out this definition Workshifting uses to describe themselves as well as who their work relates to.

“If you work out of coffee shops, hotels, airports and your home every bit
as much as the office, workshifting.com is for you. We share resources on
remote working, telecommuting, travel, technology, business and virtual
offices to help you shift when, where and how you work!
 
We coined the term “workshifting” in March 2009 as an updated definition
for “telecommuting” and “remote working”, that refers to the ability of being
part of a distributed workforce, working from outside of the office and
shifting one’s work habits to achieve a better work-life balance.”
 

So whether you’re taking four different methods of travel or you’re staying at home in your pajamas, we hope you feel a little more encouraged and equipped to leave the car in the garage.

Is multimodal travel something you’re already doing? Do you work from home or a coffee shop? Share your stories with us!

One thought on “Two Link Tuesday: Leaving the Car in the Garage

  1. Pingback: Transit Thursday: Improving Bike Saftey | GoTriangle

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