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Getting from A to B – tell us what’s key

Friday 9 April 2021 8:52am

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‘Post’ your ideas by answering our University’s Travel Survey – to help make your trips to work better.

Helping us understand how you get to work can help us make the trip better for you, so please do the travel survey coming out on Tuesday next week – it will take less than five minutes, says our Strategic Resource Planner Kevin Wood.

The aim is to find out how you feel about your commute and how you would like it to be.

We use the survey information to lobby for changes around your city – Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, or Invercargill – and to set funding priorities for things you may need when you arrive on campus, including showers, electric bike stands and secure storage.

Having staff and students answer the survey could help remove barriers to sustainable options – like walking, running, and cycling – which are often not only better for the environment by lowering emissions, but for your health and wallet as well.

We can also find out whether we can do anything to make catching a bus or carpooling easier for you.

The survey is aligned with ones done by the Dunedin City Council and other employers, so is a proven way to gather robust data relatively quickly, Kevin says.

Sustainability Office Head Ray O’Brien says the survey will also help identify peak travel times so possible congestion-reducing solutions can be investigated.

The survey also highlights the carbon emissions we produce while staff and students are commuting.

All staff and students will receive a link to the survey by email on Tuesday 13 April – if the weather is particularly bad, the survey will be rescheduled.

While the survey asks how you got to work that day, you will have a week to complete it.

Our academic building is temporarily closed for seismic reasons but our top class teaching, studying and research programmes remain in full swing.

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