Summer Commute Lovin’

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 11.43.39 AMThere’s more and more understanding around the degree to which our commute methods are ingrained habits, no matter what the mode. That can make it hard to change out of your current routine, even when you know there might be a better way.

There are times when it’s much easier for us to change our commute habits, though, and one of those times is when we change other contexts in our life,. That might mean anything from moving to a new home or apartment to a change in your daily schedule if you have kids who are out of school for the summer.

Recent research shows that those changes in behavior context weaken habits and can open the door to us choosing new patterns. A recent multi-year survey of about 20,000 people in the U.K. measured when they’d moved homes and their normal way of commuting. The results showed when people were in a new home, they were much more open to trying new commute options.

As CityLab wrote, “the length of time that a person had lived at his or her current address was indeed linked to their commute mode—independent of age, gender, income, and geographic location. Specifically, a person’s chances of commuting by car were lowest immediately after moving to a different residence.”

So whether your summer plans include moving, traveling, vacationing, or other schedule “disruptions,” summer might also be a great time to shift the way you view your commute. You don’t have to make a drastic change – even changing the way you commute one or two days a week is a great start!

If you’re having trouble figuring out which mobility options work best for you, or if you’re hoping for your employer to help make options easier to use, contact us!

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