How is your commute to work impacting your well-being?

Dr Sarah O’Toole and Professor Nicola Christie at the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London, are conducting a study to better understand the link between the type (e.g. car, bus, train) and length of an individual’s commute on their physical and emotional well-being. Previous research has found that longer and more challenging commutes have been linked to lower life satisfaction, increased work-family conflict and greater stress.

In addition, the research will explore the experiences of commuting for pregnant women and the effectiveness of the Transport for London Baby-on-Board badge in improving their commute; there has been limited research into the badge’s effectiveness.

The researchers invite commuters to complete their online questionnaire. The questionnaire is open to men and women who commute to work via any means and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. This research has received ethical approval and all answers are anonymous and confidential.

The online questionnaire can be found at

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