CloseCommute.com is a new global initiative to radically reduce commuting times and distances. Our five-year goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one per cent globally, save commuters billions of hours annually and boost corporate productivity, while lowering HR costs, decreasing traffic congestion and pollution, lowering healthcare costs, and strengthening regional economies.
CloseCommute Systems Inc. is a BC-registered corporation resolved as a benefit corporation. [Read about benefit corporations here.]
Starting in Canada …
CloseCommute is completing preparations for the initial campaign to reduce the commuting time and distance of millions of Canadians. The process – for commuters and their employers – is simple to understand and implement: allow and encourage long commuters to switch workplaces with someone doing the same job at a different location so both can work closer to their homes. The impact will be positively amazing: we expect a 5% to 10% reduction in overall daily vehicular traffic in each metro region.
- For long commuters – more quality time each day, lower stress and improved health, reduced commuting costs, etc.
- For employers – reduced costs for absenteeism, hiring, training and extended health benefits, higher productivity, etc.
- For society and the environment – $100s of millions in regional economic benefits, reduced traffic load, faster commercial deliveries due to reduced congestion, less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, etc.
CloseCommute Systems is providing a free app for commuters to find closer work opportunities and a toolkit for employers.
Providing an irrefutable, research-backed business case
Our recently-completed analysis of employee commuting data for RBC Royal Bank of Canada confirms our overall plan is realistic, and our projections for traffic reductions are plausible. More than 75% of the bank's employees appear to be commuting longer than is necessary. For at least half of all employees, there is one peer, if not several, doing the same job at a different branch who could immediately swap locations for mutual benefit – not to mention the benefits to the employer and society – at no cost to the bank. We're examining data for teachers, municipal employees, healthcare workers and other occupations to confirm the scope is similar for those sectors.
We've assembled an extensive annotated bibliography of peer-reviewed research into the effects of long commuting – it is grim reading, and a call for action by everyone.
Download "The Effects of Long Commutes and What To Do About Them – An Annotated Bibliography" as a PDF.
We've commissioned from StatCan custom cross-tabulated data on commuting broken down by occupation, sex, commuting length of time (10-minute intervals), census subdivision, commuting flow patterns, mode of transportation – these are the most complete and detailed data ever produced on four Canadian Metro Census Areas. We are providing these data free to transit planners, employers, academics, unions and the public. An early take-away finding: Five out of every six teachers are commuting needlessly far. If we could rectify that colossal waste of time and stress on teachers, imagine how the classroom experience might be improved.
Rolling out in March
The web app launches on March 7, 2017 with the initial rollout limited to Metro Vancouver's one million daily commuters and Greater Victoria. We'll be expanding to Toronto soon, then on to transforming daily traffic in Seattle and other cities.
Celebrating leadership by employers and others
We'll be hosting The Great Canadian Commute Reduction Campaign: "Which banks, credit unions, school boards, municipalities and other organizations will be first to implement the basic policies to reduce long commutes for their employees? And which online employment services [Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, etc.] will start including detailed information on the actual work location in their listings (not just the city, as they are doing now), so people can focus on close commute opportunities? Let's remove all the barriers.
We've started gathering media partners, sponsors and endorsers. If you have contacts to suggest or expertise to offer, please email Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-380-0998.
Your home, work and play only a short hop apart …