Walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive
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The distance they travel and how they get there – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can influence their well-being and performance at work. -
Our study, involving 1,121 full-time workers who commute daily to work, made several important findings: -
Those who commute short distances, walk or cycle to work, are more likely to be happy commuters, which makes them more productive. -
Long commutes not only cause physical and mental strains on workers, but may also affect their work participation, engagement and productivity. -
We found that workers with a long-distance commute have more absent days, as the graph below shows. -
Therefore, workers with long commutes put in less effort or shirk work as their leisure time is reduced. -
Commuting can also affect work productivity through poorer physical and mental health. -
Australia should allocate more transport infrastructure funding to active travel, given the economic benefits of walking and cycling to work. -
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