Closer commutes to work are a huge win for workers,
their employers, the economy, society and Mother Nature. We are
making this happen together, quickly, with a solid, simple solution.
CloseCommute.com is a global initiative to radically reduce commuting times and distances
Our five-year goal is to save commuters billions of hours annually while boosting productivity and lowering HR costs, decreasing traffic congestion and pollution, lowering health-care costs, and strengthening regional economies. Fixing the existing totally-inefficient situation will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over one per cent globally.
The initial phase of the CloseCommute initiative will reduce the commuting time and distance for millions of Canadians. Then we'll spread out to other countries. The process – for commuters and their employers – is simple to understand and implement: Allow and encourage long commuters to switch workplaces with someone doing the same job at a different location so both can work closer to their homes. An organization will also update their human resources practices to consider candidates' commuting situation when hiring and for internal transfers.
The impact will be positively amazing — an organization can expect to reduce its overall employee commuting burden by over 25 per cent within six months. As the idea quickly spreads, we expect a five to 10 per cent reduction in total daily vehicular traffic across each metro region.
Everyone benefits when we become more efficient
- For long commuters: More quality time each day; lower stress and improved health; reduced commuting costs.
- For employers: Reduced costs for absenteeism, hiring, training and extended health benefits; higher productivity; happier employees.
- For society and the environment: hundreds of millions in regional economic benefits; reduced traffic load; faster commercial deliveries due to reduced congestion; less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
How we'll change a messed-up situation – with your help
CloseCommute Systems Inc. is a Victoria, B.C.-based benefit corporation that has created two catalysts to trigger this paradigm shift:
- a free app for long commuters to identify work opportunities closer to home, and
- a comprehensive toolkit for employers.
Our analysis of employee-commuting data for RBC Royal Bank of Canada confirms that our overall plan is realistic, and our projections for traffic reductions are plausible. Roughly 75 per cent of the bank’s employees commute longer than appears necessary. For more than half of the employees, there is at least one staff member doing the same job at a different bank branch who could immediately swap locations for mutual benefit, not to mention the benefit to the bank and society in general — at no cost to the bank. We're examining data for other occupations, including teachers, municipal employees and health-care workers to confirm the situation is similar in other sectors.
CloseCommute has assembled an extensive annotated bibliography of peer-reviewed research into the effects of long commuting. It is grim reading, and a call for action by everyone. Download The Effects of Long Commutes and What To Do About Them - An Annotated Bibliography from our research page.
We've commissioned from Statistics Canada custom cross-tabulated data on commuting broken down by occupation; gender; daily commuting time (by 10-minute intervals); census subdivision; commuting flow patterns; and mode of transportation. This is the most complete and detailed cross-tabulated dataset ever produced on four Canadian Metro Census Areas. We are providing this information at no charge to transit planners, employers, academics, labour unions and the public. Currently researchers at universities across Canada are examining the dataset. One example from the census data: In Vancouver, five out of every six teachers are commuting farther than necessary. If we could rectify that colossal waste of time and stress on teachers, imagine how the classroom experience might be improved!
Coming to your city soon!
The free app launched March 7, with the initial rollout confined to Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria. We'll be expanding to Toronto next, then on to transforming daily traffic in Seattle and other cities.
We're planning The Great Canadian Commute Reduction Campaign: Which banks, credit unions, school boards, municipalities and other organizations will be first to implement the basic policies to reduce long commutes for their employees? And which online employment services [Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, etc.] will start including detailed information on the actual work location in their listings (not just city, as they are doing now), so people can focus on close commute opportunities? Let's remove all the barriers.
Right now, we are gathering media partners, sponsors and endorsers. If you have contacts to suggest or expertise to offer, please email Bruce Batchelor at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-380-0998 (Pacific time).
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Are you an employer?
See our HR consulting page to obtain the toolkit and other resources for implementing a CloseCommute program.
Adopting CloseCommute best practices will boost operational productivity and lower your costs for hiring, training, extended health-care benefits, tardiness, absenteeism and more. Your organization also may be creating carbon tax offsets by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Thanks for joining this global movement
Together we will increase efficiency and reduce wasted time, expenses, traffic congestion and carbon emissions. We are aiming to reduce overall commuting traffic in targeted metro areas by 5% to 10% within two years, at no cost and with huge benefits to commuters, employers, society & the environment. It's a win-win-win-win situation.The sooner everyone learns about and gets on board with the CloseCommute approach, the sooner the benefits will kick in. Let's go!