That feeling when traffic grinds to a halt as you approach Lions Gate Bridge #commuterproblems
That feeling when the SeaBus countdown clock reads 29 minutes #commuterproblems
That feeling when a full B-line leaves you standing in the rain #commuterproblems
Long commutes, traffic congestion and infrequent or unreliable transit service don’t make us feel good and not surprisingly, they aren’t good for our mental health. Long commutes and traffic congestion in particular cause stress, symptoms of anxiety and depression, absenteeism at work and decreased satisfaction with life.
The time we spend commuting in a car is also time we don’t get to spend connecting with our friends and family in the community. In fact, the My Health My Community Survey recently revealed that car commuters in Metro Vancouver with longer commutes feel less connected to their community than those with shorter commutes. A strong sense of community belonging is an important indicator of mental health and wellbeing.
The improvements that are proposed in the upcoming transportation and transit referendum such as new rapid B-Line bus routes, increased SeaBus and West Coast Express service and new subway and light rail lines will go a long way to help keep congestion and commute times under control as new commuters move into the region.
So I’m going to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming transit and transportation referendum to help improve some of these #commuterproblems but first, let me take a selfie :)