Insights into Movability’s Commuter Survey

A month ago, we launched our Commuter web survey.  We weren’t sure anyone would ever find it, much less respond to it.  To our delight 62 people have generously shared their experiences.

Here is a bit of what we’ve found.

No surprise, most people are required to travel during peak hours.

69% respondents start work 7:30 – 9:00am

65% leave work 4:30-6:00pm

Our respondents are using a lot of options-more than half-while the norm is closer to 15- 20% of people that use options.

More people use commute options on Friday. Monday is the least likely day for people to take advantage of their options.

One of the few places our respondents match the population at large, is with average commute time. Compared to other metro areas around the country, Austinites really don’t have long commutes (only 9.6% are spending 50 minutes or more).

What would help people to stop driving alone:

52.9%  Bicycle amenities (e.g., secure storage, lockers, showers, etc.)

44.1%  Ability to work from home

32.4%  Assistance identifying bicycle routes/travel times and “how to” advice or training

26.5%  Free or low cost rides for emergency or midday trips (e.g., taxi, Car2Go, ZipCar, etc.)

Top Motivators for Choosing Options

82.3%  My health/wellbeing/fitness

71.0%  Better for the environment

71.0%  Save money

67.7%  Fits my values/world view

We will continue to monitor the results of our survey and report them back to you. Please tell a friend to take our survey! It’s quick and easy, but gives us a wealth of information we will use to enhance existing programs and create new ones


One Response to Insights into Movability’s Commuter Survey

  1. Katherine Patton says:

    I am astounded that SAFE routes for bicycles did not even register/was not a survey answer option to the question, “What would make people stop driving alone?” A shower at the end of my commute is not really helpful if I can’t get to my destination in one piece due to my city’s determination to confuse motorists and cyclists alike with its limp cycling lane policy. Dedicated and protected bike lanes are proven the world over to return far more than they cost to implement, in terms of traffic reduction:dollars spent. And the improvement to safety for cyclists is priceless.