Post lockdown and with life resuming and employees encouraged to return to their offices, what will the London commute now look like?! Before the pandemic there were 4 million tube journeys a day and 5.5 million bus journeys. Factor in the need to reduce carbon emissions, and become more environmentally friendly, the choice of mode of transport has never been more important.
The most cost effective, most environmentally friendly way to commute to work is to walk. It is not only fantastic exercise, with your step count sure to be over the recommended 10,000 steps a day, but it is also the best way to stay in the moment and enjoy the simple pleasures around you, such as the sound of birds or a new area or space in London you have never seen before.
Cycling / Electric Bikes
There has been an 80% increase in bike sales since the pandemic, with London turning into a city of bicyclers. This is one of the most environmental and quickest ways to travel around the city. With electric options available it allows all levels of fitness to enjoy. A lot of companies are also a part of the Bike to Work scheme, allowing employees to purchase a bicycle at a reduced rate.
Scooters don’t just have to be for children and are a fun and effective way to travel. They can also fold up easily and be taken into the office. Electric scooters are currently illegal in the UK, but this legislation is about to change.
A mode of transport not many think about is the Thames Clippers service. A host of ferrys that run up and down the Thames, with different routes allowing easy access to the city and east. This is not only a much nicer option than the tube, but you can feel like a tourist in your own city every morning.
Segway / Hoverboard
A mode of travel not often seen in London, but often used in the USA. Not the cheapest choice to purchase by any means, but a very easy and relatively speedy way to commute. In the long run, these work out cost effective, as they run on electricity.
If your commute is a long one, and the only option is to drive, but you’re aware of your carbon footprint and don’t own an electric vehicle why not swap your car and use a rental service of which there are many. You can rent an electric vehicle from as little as £4.50 an hour which stops the need to pay for parking in the city and ensures your commute is far more environmentally friendly.
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