GEM team on the buses
Sunday 22nd September 2019 is world 'car-free' day, which encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. It also promotes the use of mass transit, cycling and walking, and "the development of communities where jobs are closer to home". However the reality for many is that there aren't jobs close to home - that may be due to living in a rural location, availability of vacancies or suitable skills.
We know that many GEM participants do not have cars and rely heavily on public transport, and sometimes this can make jobs further away hard to get to. Imagine living in an area where the first bus to the nearest city arrives at 9.15am, but your shift starts at 9am?
The GEM Participants Council wanted to raise awareness of this, and to encourage those of us with a car to experience a working day without one. So on Tuesday 17th September, colleagues from the GEM team, including Navigator Developers joined our participants on public transport. Here are some of their experiences...
"My watch is slow so what should have been a leisurely walk to the bus stop turned out to be a 5 minute trot! Puffing and panting I negotiate a price with the friendly bus driver a to take me to Gloucester Quays...£3.50 and no discount for cash. I can tell by the smile on his face he can tell I’m a novice.
Making good progress down Shurdington road... spoke to soon. We have just parked up and the driver has turned the engine off. Doing his bit for saving the planet I suppose.
Arrive on time, asked the driver for a selfie. Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, less stress, no road rage and feeling relaxed....think I should do this more often." Tony Solomon, Opportunity Hunter, GEM Project