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Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

We're back with a new challenge! Leave your car at home and try an alternative

Park and Ride station in Perth

Credit: Shinjiman / Wikimedia Commons

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We're back with a new challenge! This time it's ditching the car once a week. It's a great way to explore your alternatives - train, bus, bike, your own feet.

I've got a confession to make though: this one is going to be really super easy for me. I don't have a driver's license, and I haven't owned a bike since I was 13.

Public transport and I have been friends for a long time. It's my main method of getting around, along with walking. It's meant that I choose where I live very carefully! I've never lived further than one kilometre away from a train station.

But I'm not above getting my husband to drop me off at work when he drives to his office, usually because I enjoy sleeping in more than I enjoy getting ready for work! So the challenge for me will be cutting that back by 50%.

And I do love taking the train and bus to work. It gives me time to read a book, or listen to a new album on my iPod. I can call my sister (another public transport user) for a chat on my way home, and sometimes our schedules match up and we catch the train home together. In our very busy lives, public transport can be an opportunity to take a little me-time.

So how can you make taking public transport easier?

The first thing to do is work out when and where you've got access to trains, buses and ferries. Each capital city has a website with timetables available (if you've got info for other areas, please let us know in the comments).

South East Queensland
Adelaide Metro
Darwin & Alice Springs

These have journey planners, where you enter in your start point, your destination and what time you have to arrive, and they figure out for you what bus or train to take.

How about you? How will you be taking on this challenge? Let us know if you'll be taking public transport, riding a bike or walking.