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Commuting

Thinking of commuting to the CBD from Boroondara?

Take a look at our draft commuter's map showing the routes available. These have been compiled after consulting with some of our regular commuters. Comments and queries welcome or if you're unsure we can probably organise a 'guide' for your first commute!

How long does it take?

How long does it take you to drive to work? How much does it cost and where do you park? Do you pay for a gym? The Monash tollway and Eastern freeway are blocked - it's another traffic accident. Burke and Whitehorse Rds are chockers. Camberwell and Kew junctions are driving you nuts. The car is low on fuel and due for a service - again. The trains are like sardine cans and the trams are as slow as driving or using the bus. Here are a few commute times by bike. Feeling inspired to ride a bike to work - door to door? Have a look at a few videos.

From To Distance km Time mins
Cnr Toorak Rd and Burke Rd Under the clocks at Flinders St station 8 27
Cnr Doncaster Rd and Balwyn Rd Under the clocks at Flinders St station 11 37
Cnr Burwood Rd and Church St Under the clocks at Flinders St station 4.5 15
Cnr Mont Albert Rd and Union Rd Under the clocks at Flinders St station 12 40
East Malvern Station Camberwell Station 8 27
Cnr Burwood Hwy and Warrigal Rd Under the clocks at Flinders St station 12 40

The average commuter trip is 12km (BV Ride2Work data from 10,000+ respondents surveyed) - refer to the red circle on the map, which places nearly all of Boroondara in range of the CBD. That's about 160,000 people (2007 data). A fit cyclist can easily average 18 kph, which is faster than a car at less than 13 kph during the morning peak hour rush.


Cycle Commuting

Studies done in Australia, UK and USA have conclusively proven you will breathe more car fumes if you are INSIDE a vehicle! Cyclists and pedestrians breathe less. Many people are only now just beginning to realise the potential of cycling to reduce the national health bill through increased fitness plus reduced costs associated with dependence on cars; things such as pollution, road trauma, road-building and maintenance as well as the collective costs of running our cars. Have you ever wondered how much car use REALLY costs us? We love the simplicity of the bicycle. There is great satisfaction in traveling many kilometres using only the power of your own muscles. It's usually a very enjoyable way to travel, being outdoors in the air, the sunshine, smelling the aromas of delicious food wafting out of restaurants, feeling connected to the immediate environment. It's a very humble, human activity. It's gentle, rhythmic, almost meditative. Cycling keeps you young, active, healthy, fit, alert, and alive. Cycling to work reduces stress. You arrive at work feeling invigorated and ready to start. You arrive back home feeling refreshed and relaxed! Cycling, as transport, is door-to-door. No parking hassles, no traffic jams. Reliable. It combines transport, exercise and recreation. It makes exercise an integral part of the day. You can impress your friends when you tell them how far you ride. Cycling is virtually free. What Now?

Further information

Finally, here's a list of resources you may wish to explore. Surf the World Wide Web for more information on cycling and cycling groups. Join Bicycle Victoria and/or your local BUG (bicycle users' group) or start one yourself. If you want to consider maintaining your own bike, start with "Richards' Bicycle Repair Manual" or a local bicycle maintenance course. If you feel you lack confidence, find an experienced rider, ask them for advice. If you are interested in developing riding skills further, check out your local cycling club. They are well placed to help with bicycle set-up and coaching. Learn more about the energy systems your body uses; aerobic and anaerobic, and how to train them.

If you are already experienced and would like to teach others, cycling racing bodies have coaching accreditation courses which cover in much more depth many of the things we've mentioned.

We'd especially like to see lots of commuting cyclists passing on their LOCAL KNOWLEDGE and skills. The two things we find most beginners want to know is:

  1. how to mend a puncture
  2. the safest route from "A" to "B" Easy stuff

Find out how to do these things yourself and then...PASS IT ON!

Travelsmart - fabulous resource for schools, community, workplaces and homes on how to travel 'smarter'. Not just cycling but information on better ways to get around. Ring Boroondara council for a copy.

Need info to encourage and how to prepare your workplace to provide cycle-friendly facilities? It's all here

Are you contemplating becoming a bicycle commuter? The first step can be the hardest. BBUG will soon have a detailed map on how best to commute to the CBD from Boroondara. In conjunction with our detailed overall map of bicycle facilities throughout our area, you will have the necessary information to take that first step! Still not sure? Contact us and hopefully we can arrange an escort for your first ride into town.

All too much?

All in a row going nowhere.

Ride & train

How about just riding to your local station or one further afield and putting you bike in a bike locker? Lockers are free but a small bond is required. When putting you bike on a suburban train, it's good form to use the space at the end of the very last carriage, which is substantial. The same space at the front of the front carriage is reserved for those using wheelchairs.

Ride & bus

Ride your $10 special purchased at the local op shop, to your nearest bus stop. Chain it to the nearest tied down and stationary object. If the council complains about it, request bicycle parking be installed. If it can be done for cars, why not bicycles? See Doncaster Park and Ride.

Park & ride

Normally drive into town via the Monash Tollway? Park your car at the public carpark near the corner of Toorak Rd and Auburn Rd - just south of the Hawthorn velodrome near the Toorak Rd tollway exit. Ride the rest of the way into town. It's a nice 1/2 hr trip on the Gardiners Creek and Yarra Trails to the CBD and save:

For a 5 day, 9 to 5, week (Jun 2012):

Grand total = $147.90

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures for Dec Qrt 2011 show the average gross (before tax) weekly earnings (AWOTE) of a full-time adult worker in Australia are $1330.10 or $1,032.10 after tax. Note that the AWOTE figure is a mean not a median and typically overstates the earnings of Mr Citizen.

That's $25.80 / hr (40 hr week) - so it will take you 5.7 hours to earn that amount of money - and we still haven't considered the cost of car of actually owning a car! 5.7 hours - you could be doing many other things besides working to be able to afford to get to work - ride a bike.

Parkiteer

Parkiteer are free bike cages that are accessed using a swipe card. In the Boroondara area we have these locations:

  • The Doncaster park and ride bus terminal - accessible via the Koonung Creek Trail
  • Surrey Hills station
  • East Malvern station - accessible by many routes both on and off road
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