Active travel to work

With more of us now employed in ‘sedentary’ work - sitting at desks and using computers - it is more important than ever that we look for ways to balance this time with increased physical activity.

Cycling 10 kilometres each way to work saves about $1700 per year in transport costs.

~ Department of Transport and Main Roads website, Queensland Government, Cycling Benefits (7 May 2014).

Whilst some of us might walk the dog or get to the gym a few times per week, often this does not constitute sufficient activity to offset the impact of being sedentary for long periods of time. However finding time to do more physical activity can seem impossible when faced with longer working hours and the demands of busy family and social lives.

This is where active travel can help. Getting to work by walking, cycling or catching public transport is a great way to squeeze a bit of extra physical activity into your day with a minimum extra time commitment.

The benefits of active travel include:

  • improved health and wellbeing

  • reduced stress levels

  • reduced expenditure on car-related costs, such as parking fees, fuel and maintenance.

Tips for active travel to work

  • Find out whether your workplace has a shower and change facilities for employee use – if not, try and find another solution such as riding slower or speaking to a nearby gym about using their facilities.

  • If you need a change of clothes and don’t want to carry them every day, drop your clothes at work ahead of time.

  • If you live a long way from work, drive to a nearby location and then walk or cycle the rest of the way.

  • Set achievable goals – even walking to and from work one day a week is a great start.

  • Allow time before and after meetings to walk all or part of the way.

Our active travel maps

View our active travel map series:

  1. North/Central Geelong and Lara

  2. South/Central Geelong and Leopold

  3. Bellarine Peninsula

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on these maps is accurate, however if you find an error please contact us.

Page last updated: Monday, 5 July 2021