Londoners should consider walking or biking to work during the 2012 Olympic games in order to reduce traffic on the public transport system, said transport minister Norman Baker in a release yesterday.

“It’s time to oil the creaking bike, dig out the walking boots, work out how to use the video conferencing equipment, and fire up the laptop,” said Baker, who encouraged employees with a long commute to work from home.?

Baker also called the games “a once-in-a-generation test for both our transport system and our adaptability.”

??Government officials estimate that use of London’s public transport system will increase by 3 million trips per day during the Olympic games as spectators flock to hotspots like Stratford, Wembley and Wimbeldon.

??To prevent overcrowding, officials say they want the overall use by commuters to decrease by 30 per cent to make up for the extra passangers visiting the city during the 17-day Olympic period.