Interesting Facts about Commuting

Commuting has become an essential activity in our everyday lives. However, this common activity is full of interesting facts once you dig into the details. Many of these facts seem interesting yet strange and once you read the following interesting facts about commuting, you’ll agree too. 

1. Indonesia is the Largest Marketplace for Motorbikes

Indonesia is the Largest Marketplace for Motorbikes

According to a few surveys, Indonesia has become the central hub for motorbikes and scooters. There are more than 80 million bikes in the country, according to a survey conducted by AISI. Over 15 million bikes pass through the cities on a daily basis with cars at 5 million only. 

2. Thailand has the Highest Motorbike Use with Regards to Population

Thailand has the Highest Motorbike Use with Regards to Population

Thailand comes on top of the countries list which has the highest motorbike use. 87% of households in Thailand own a motorbike. This is mainly because the GDP per capita is low and people can’t afford to buy or travel in cars. 86% of households in Vietnam while 85% of households in Indonesia also own a motorbike.  

3. Amsterdam is Widely Known as the Cycling Capital of the World

Amsterdam is Widely Known as the Cycling Capital of the World

One of the most loved things in Dutch culture is cycling. People voluntarily love to travel via cycles on their daily commute because of well-structured cycling paths extended over hundreds of kilometers bringing a great cycling experience. Amsterdam is also one of the safest places for cyclists in the world. The government constantly improves the cycling paths to retain the image of the “Cycling Capital of the World”. [1]

4. Traffic Jams Cause Financial Losses

Traffic Jams Cause Financial Losses

On average, a stuck-in-traffic commuter loses $865 per year in wages due to delays caused by congestion. If you live in Washington, DC, it’s much worse: the average commuter spends 102 hours stuck in traffic every year (as of 2019) and loses $1,010 because of it! [2]

5. Less Commuting Leads to More Satisfaction

Less Commuting Leads to More Satisfaction

According to a Swiss study based on 19 years of data from Germany, people with longer commute times have systematically lower well-being compared to those that have a short commute time. Commuters who spend 20 minutes or less on their commute are happier with their commute than those who spend more than 45 minutes getting to work. Another study found that the absence of commute via working from home results in better job satisfaction [10].

6. There’s a Sky Wire in Bolivia to Make Commute Easy

There’s a Sky Wire in Bolivia to Make Commute Easy

Another innovative way to aid traveling between two points is the sky wire in Bolivia. It lets people living in mountainous areas travel at a faster rate to lower, more populated parts of the country. 

7. Time Spent Commuting to Work

Time Spent Commuting to Work

The average American spends a total of 250 hours each year commuting to work. That’s a lot of time — and adds up to more than 10 days. [4]

8. Public Transport is America’s Choice

Public Transport is America’s Choice

In 2019, Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation (buses, light rail, subways, etc.), which means they drove around 6 billion fewer trips than they would have if they’d been driving solo. Those trips save 4.2 billion gallons of gas and 37 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses—the equivalent of taking 7.7 million cars off the road for an entire year. [5]

9. The Country with the Longest Commute Time

The Country with the Longest Commute Time

Nigeria is a country in Africa where the average commute time is 62 minutes for a one-way journey. This is mainly because of traffic congestion and broken roads. The situation is worst in the capital of the country, Lagos. Over here, 10,000 passengers are traveling in each direction of the road during the rush hour. [11]  

10. The Country with the Shortest Commute Time

The Country with the Shortest Commute Time

Cyprus is the country with the shortest commute time. With an average commuting time of 19 minutes,(people in employment) Cyprus has the shortest commuting time in the EU, partly because the country is small itself and population is concentrated in certain areas. Greece comes second with an average commute time of 20 minutes while Italy and Portugal are also close with 21 minutes each. [6]

11. The City with the Worst Traffic

The City with the Worst Traffic

The most congested city in the world is Bogota, Colombia, where residents spend an average of 191 hours per year stuck in traffic (as of 2019). The United States ranks fifth worldwide for time spent in traffic. Los Angeles, Honolulu, and San Francisco have the worst traffic in America. [7]

12. Reading Books While Commuting Reduces Stress Levels

Reading Books While Commuting Reduces Stress Levels

Research suggests that commuters who read while on their way to work or school experience stress levels almost 68% lower than those of non-readers. Study conducted by researchers at The University of Sussex concluded that individuals who read for about six minutes while commuting had lower heart rates and reduced tension in the muscles.  [8]

13. Commuters That Walk or Ride a Bike are More Satisfied with their Commute

Commuters That Walk or Ride a Bike are More Satisfied with their Commute

More than 9 out of 10 commuters that mainly walk or ride a bike tend to be more satisfied with their commute. Although biking is gaining popularity in major US cities, as it costs less and saves time than using a car, there are still some concerns about biking, such as safety issues.

14. The Most Active Months for Drivers

The Most Active Months for Drivers

You might think that the busiest commuting time of year would be around the holidays when families are visiting relatives, but December is one of the least active months for drivers. September is typically the most active month—that’s when kids head back to school and parents return from summer vacation.

15. Longest Commute to Work within City

Longest Commute to Work within City

New York city commuters (workers over 16 years old) have to spend almost 40 minutes to reach their workplace. This is an average and commuters living in the suburbs have to spend even more time traveling to their work place.

16. The Average Commuting Time Has Increased!

The Average Commuting Time Has Increased!

Is your commute getting worse? In a word, yes. The US Census Bureau is reporting that from 2006 to 2019, the average commute time increased by 10 percent for workers who drive to work. The average commute time was 25 minutes in 2006 and increased to a new high of 27.6 minutes in 2019. That’s an increase of 2.6 minutes. [9]

17. Car Driving to Work Can Be Harmful to Health

Car Driving to Work Can Be Harmful to Health

Driving by yourself is by far the least efficient way to get to work. Yet many Americans love their cars too much to give them up. Many cities are not built in a way that allows for easy mass transit commuting. New studies have found that driving yourself to work can bring negative impacts on your mental health and memory function. [12]

Conclusion

Commuting is a part of many people’s lives, whether they like it or not. The statistics in this article will give you an interesting insight into their commutes. For example, the average American spends 250 hours commuting to work every year and drives around 30 miles to and from work. As more people work longer hours, going further distances is becoming an increasingly important topic to discuss.

References

  1. https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/amsterdam/things-to-do/
  2. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/04/commuters-in-this-city-spend-119-hours-a-year-stuck-in-traffic.html
  3. https://www.payscale.com/career-advice/shorter-commutes-make-happier-workers/
  4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2021/commute-calculator-pandemic/
  5. https://www.apta.com/news-publications/public-transportation-facts
  6. https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-eurostat-news/-/ddn-20201021-2
  7. https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/news/bogota-ranked-as-2019s-most-congested-city-5096 
  8. https://www.arts.gov/stories/blog/2015/why-it-pays-read
  9. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2021/one-way-travel-time-to-work-rises.html
  10. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11116-019-09983-9
  11. https://www.moneybarn.com/co2-commutes/
  12. https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/your-terrible-commute-is-making-you-dumber-new-stu.html