How Long A Commute is Too Long?

Recently a government analysis found that “Today, nine of out 10 Australians spend more than 90 minutes a day traveling to and from work.”  Turns out things aren’t exactly that bad –but they’re still pretty sobering.

The ABC did a fact check of the government data  (add link), and while they found a lower average commute for most people of 54 minutes both ways, almost a third were above sixty minutes with a sizeable chunk over 90.  Much of that by car.  If you do the math, you’ll realise this means far too many people are spending 360 hours a year commuting, the equivalent of almost 10 full-time weeks of work just getting to work.

Not only are there personal costs to this long commute, there are community costs.  Rapid population and private car growth in communities far from the cities where the jobs are is having big impacts. It is estimated that “traffic congestion [will] cost the Australian economy $53 billion by 2031.”

With this in mind, we wanted to find out what the carsharing community thinks is too much when it comes to a daily commute.  So we asked GoGetters what’s the longest trip time they’d accept before they’d move house or change jobs.iStock_000080224381_Large

Over half the respondents said that they could tolerate a commute between 30 and 60 minutes every day.  However, it was obvious that anything over 60 minutes was just too much.  Only 13% of respondents suggested that they could handle a 90-minute commute and less than 3% would cope with anything over that.

So the question is:  are these GoGetters reflecting commuting reality in Australia?   The short answer is no.

The survey results suggest that carshare users have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to commuting.  Maybe awareness of just how you spend your time is one more benefit to sharing.

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