‘Sydneysiders are transitioning to a digital working-from-home future, but movement data has revealed the scale of this shift is linked to where you live.’ Hanrahan, Nguyen (2020-08-27)
Mathew Hounsell, a transport researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, said the data showed that people in professional jobs who could work from home during the lockdown were continuing to do so.
“This is starting a change that has happened in other places and industries, towards a more distributed digital team. What we’re seeing is essentially a behavioural change that we would expect to continue,” he said.Hanrahan, Nguyen (2020-08-27)
Rabe, Gladstone(2020-07-16) opened with ‘Public transport users in Sydney are slowly returning with a surge of 10 million commuters in June but experts warn it may take years before passenger numbers go back to pre-coronavirus levels.’
“I don’t think things will ever return to quite what they were,” University of Technology transport expert Mathew Hounsell said.
“There has been a significant behavioural change among the professionals in the CBD, as a lot of people realised they can work from home.”
He added that more people would choose to walk, cycle or drive to work in coming months amid fear of community transmission of COVID-19 on public transport.Rabe, Gladstone(2020-07-16)
Citation: Rabe, Gladstone(2020-07-16)
Tom Rabe and Nigel Gladstone. 2020-07-16, “’It could take years’: Slow recovery predicted for public transport”, Fairfax Media Ltd – Nine Entertainment Co. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-could-take-years-slow-recovery-predicted-for-public-transport-20200715-p55c91.html
It’s great to see the well-connected lobby groups also calling for improved active transport.
The [Committee for Sydney] is also advocating for the fast-tracking of the state’s planned Greater Sydney cycle network to be completed in three years as a post-COVID-19 economic stimulus initiative.
The Harbour Bridge proposal, by cycling group Bike North, would see the far-western traffic lane of the bridge reserved for south-bound bike users and the existing cycleway restricted for riders heading north to allow space for social distancing in transit.Thompson (2020-05-19)
Sydney’s bus drivers are being told to accept all passengers, even if they’re at capacity, in spite of the Berejiklian government’s new social distancing measures on public transport.Rabe, Smith (2020-05-19)
University of Technology transport expert Mathew Hounsell said the government was likely designing its new “cautious” transport strategy to be deliberately prohibitive to force anyone that didn’t have to travel to stay at home.
“I think that might be part of their strategy, and it’s reasonable, sometimes restricting supply for an [oversubscribed] good is a way of getting [people] to do things differently,” Mr Hounsell said.
“You’ll either need five times the buses, or you can only move a fifth of the people. It’s simple math.”Rabe, Smith (2020-05-19)
I would say the strategy would encourage, induce, or motivate people to change their travel patterns. For example, restricted transport supply would encouraging people to shop locally.