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Monday, 14 August 2017

Smarter, Greener, Leaner: Better Ways To Get To Work

Unless you are part of the work from home revolution, the chances are that a significant percentage of your day is spent travelling to and from work. There’s also a very strong likelihood that you travel by car, too - the last UK census revealed almost 60 percent of the working population drove themselves to work every day.

When you look at the state of the nation’s roads, this little statistic won’t seem so much of a surprise. The streets in every major city - and beyond - are jam packed with vehicles of all descriptions during the rush hours, and getting caught in the chaos isn’t good for the soul, the sanity, or the planet.

Cycling

Cycling to and from work helps you beat the rush hour traffic, has a carbon footprint of zero, and gets you fit and healthy in no time. If you aren’t cycling to work, it’s time to give it some serious thought. The fact is that two wheels (and no engine) are better for everyone, and not only will you get to work quicker, but you will start the day with a first-rate calorie burn.

Hoverboard or Segway

If you do have to rely on an engine of some description, why not use a Segway or hoverboard? They run on electricity, so there’s little to no pollution spilling out onto the streets, and they are are also ideal for giving your core and stability a little work out first thing in the morning. Live too far away from work? Just use public transport (more on which in a second) for the first part of your journey and finish the rest on your board. You’ll save a fortune on fuel and develop the balance of a pro skateboarder.

Public Transport

Of course, not everyone lives close enough to cycle or board their way to work, but long distance travel on public transport is much more efficient than driving. Not only does it cost less, but you get a head start on your work day. Many trains and even buses have onboard WiFi these days, so you can sit in peace and quiet, listen to some chilled tunes, and start your work projects before you even see your office window.

Car Pools

There will be occasions when getting to work is impossible without a car - of you live in the middle of the sticks, for example. If this is the case for your situation, consider setting up a work car pool scheme. Let’s say you share with four other people - you only need to drive to work and back once a week, rather than every day of five. That’s a huge amount of money you are saving, not to mention the fact that one car travelling belches out a fifth of the pollution you would all be using by driving alone.

Do you have an alternative method of commuting when it comes to work? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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