Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Businesses And Councils Making Smart Travel Decisions
Victor P Taffa
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien today congratulated the City of Cockburn, Parsons Brinckerhoff and St. John of God Hospital, Subiaco for completing workplace travel plans designed to reduce the reliance on Private Vehicles.
Speaking at the TravelSmart Workplace Launch for 2010, Mr. O’Brien said it was encouraging to see both industry and government responding to the challenge.
“The aim of these travel plans is to reduce solo car trips and promote alternatives like car-pooling, walking, cycling and Public Transport.” the Minister said.
TravelSmart Workplace is a joint initiative between the Department of Transport and Department of Environment and Conservation.
The Minister said the program had assisted more than 40 organisations, employing about 38,000 individuals, to complete travel plans.
“In developing their plans, organisations survey employees, consult with stakeholders and then produce a list of actions for that workplace.” the Minister said.
Travel plans can include actions such as developing cycling facilities, marketing travel options provision of incentives, and policy changes to encourage use of travel alternatives.
Mr. O’Brien also welcomed the Heart Foundation, Arup, City of Geraldton-Greenough and St. John of God Hospital Murdoch into the program and said they would develop travel plans in 2011.