What is the average Canadian’s round-trip commute from home to work, and work to home? Would you believe it’s 65 minutes! That’s close to 6 hours per week of either being in frustrating idleness in traffic, or a long and boring commute (if you’re lucky enough to not have to deal with traffic). Not only is this bad for the environment if you’re alone in a car, but the mental and physical health effects of immobility and stress are devastating on our health over the long-term.
Urban centres like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have it the worst with an average 1 hour and 15 minute round trip commute every work day. Just think of the lost time for productivity and leisure activities simply because of the challenge of getting to and from work!
In an attempt to overcome the perils of long commutes, urban architects have experimented with some creative solutions to make commutes more healthy, environmentally friendly and visually appealing to our urban landscapes. Yes, some concepts are futuristic, and perhaps outrageous, but they plant seeds for creative solutions to our transportation congestions problems.
One particularly wacky idea by Ryan Lochte is to turn an under-used waterway in London, England into a swim-commute channel for commuters. It would allow workers to be healthier by swimming to work along a designated swim track.
If getting wet does not appeal to you, how about a long trampoline track idea by Salto Architects of Estonia that would allow you to bounce your way to work? One has already been installed as a test track in Russia!
To read more about all of the crazy (or not so crazy) ideas, check out the Globe and Mail article here.
However, if you can’t wait until any of these futuristic commuting ideas come to fruition and you would like to live downtown close to where you work in the mean while, consider a downtown condo. Bay Street has numerous condo options to choose from, including Burano Condos, so that you can spend more time doing what you like, rather than just commuting.