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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

Dunedin’s population is growing and, with major infrastructure projects underway and lined up, our city is changing.

It is time to make healthy and clever choices about your daily commute into town. It benefits you, the community and the environment.

Planning your commute

Are you new to commuting beyond the car? Find out how long it would take you from your home to your work if you walked, cycled or took the bus and what route best to take.

If you decide to take the car consider ridesharing, at least for some trips and days of the week.

If you already know people who might be keen, start by discussing it with them. If you want to find more potential rideshare partners, join Smart Travel (link to external website, new window) and let the website do the hard work of finding fellow ridesharers for you.

Mix it up! Tips to park and …… walk, bus, bike, scoot

Driving a car to work is often perceived as convenient, but with increasing congestion and close by carparks no longer a viable solution for everybody. How about driving (or taking the bus) part of the way and then walk/bike/bus or scoot the rest of it. Here are some examples of how it might work for you:

  • Park at the edge of Bus Zone 2 (e.g. Green Island, Concord, Roseneath, and St Ronans Road on the Peninsula) and take the bus into town.
  • Take your bike on the bus or your car to the start of a cycle paths (e.g. Vauxhall Yacht Club, Victoria Road or St Leonards Yacht Club) and ride into town.
  • Carpool into town and take the bus on your way back
  • Bike down-hill into town in the morning and take your bike on the bus back home
  • Park on the edges of the parking cost zones and scoot or walk the rest of it. Find out about parking cost zones from Parking - where you can park web page.

Electric bikes are made for Dunedin

Cycling is a great way to travel around town. Unfortunately, hills in Dunedin are steep and can impose a barrier to cycling.

Electric bikes are as if they were designed for Dunedin. They take you up the hill easily and thereby add a whole new dimension to cycling in Dunedin. Have a go and try it out, most cycle shops are happy for you to try them out.

Find more information on e-bikes on NZTA - ebike web page (link to external website, new window)

Aotearoa Bike Challenge

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge (link to external website, new window) is a fun, free competition that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more. It’s not just bragging rights on the line, we give away awesome prizes - including e-bikes! Join the challenge and log your rides in February and you're in!

By ridesharing with others in your neighbourhood who work near you, you can help to reduce congestion and make our transport system more efficient and operate more smoothly.

Ridesharing can also significantly cut down your cost of driving and parking, as you will be sharing the cost with your fellow ridesharers. The more people who travel together, the cheaper it gets for the individual.

Sharing your ride can also be a fun and sociable way to start and end your working day.

How to rideshare

The first step is to find people to rideshare with. If you already know people who are keen, start by discussing it with them.

If you want to find more potential rideshare partners, join Smart Travel (link to external website, new window) and let the website do the hard work of finding fellow ridesharers for you.

Once you’ve got your group sorted, make sure you exchange cellphone numbers so you can contact each other if plans change.

Staying safe

If you are ridesharing with people you don’t know:

  • Meet potential rideshare partners in a public place before ridesharing with them to see if you will be happy to travel together.
  • Tell someone else who you rideshare with and how to contact them.
  • If you don’t want to reveal where you live, arrange to be picked up and dropped off somewhere nearby.
  • If you don’t want to walk home from a drop-off point in the dark, make arrangements in advance so that you don’t have to.

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