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Method of travel to work

In the City of Adelaide 3,077 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

The City of Adelaide's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. There are a number of reasons why people use different modes of transport to get to work including the availability of affordable and effective public transport options, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'How did the person get to work on Tuesday, 9 August 2011?'

Employed persons (aged 15 years and over)

Method of travel to work
City of Adelaide - (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Train
1371.22.11111.12.1+26
Bus
7606.75.96336.45.8+127
Tram or Ferry
1451.30.4140.10.2+131
Taxi
1561.40.21851.90.2-29
Car - as driver
4,01335.564.43,63736.763.4+376
Car - as passenger
5044.55.24524.65.5+52
Truck
90.10.7190.20.8-10
Motorbike
630.60.6710.70.6-8
map this data in atlas.idBicycle2842.51.12352.41.2+49
map this data in atlas.idWalked only2,79324.72.42,28823.12.6+505
Other
4083.61.33703.71.0+38
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home4584.03.24294.33.2+29
Did not go to work
1,49213.211.21,35113.611.6+141
Not stated
930.81.31061.11.6-13

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2011
Method of travel to work, 2011 Train, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Bus, Greater Adelaide: 5.9% Tram or Ferry, Greater Adelaide: 0.4% Taxi, Greater Adelaide: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Adelaide: 64.4% Car - as passenger, Greater Adelaide: 5.2% Truck, Greater Adelaide: 0.7% Motorbike, Greater Adelaide: 0.6% Bicycle, Greater Adelaide: 1.1% Walked only, Greater Adelaide: 2.4% Other, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% Worked at home, Greater Adelaide: 3.2% Did not go to work, Greater Adelaide: 11.2% Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% Train, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Bus, City of Adelaide: 6.7% Tram or Ferry, City of Adelaide: 1.3% Taxi, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Car - as driver, City of Adelaide: 35.5% Car - as passenger, City of Adelaide: 4.5% Truck, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Motorbike, City of Adelaide: 0.6% Bicycle, City of Adelaide: 2.5% Walked only, City of Adelaide: 24.7% Other, City of Adelaide: 3.6% Worked at home, City of Adelaide: 4.0% Did not go to work, City of Adelaide: 13.2% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Train, City of Adelaide: +26 Bus, City of Adelaide: +127 Tram or Ferry, City of Adelaide: +131 Taxi, City of Adelaide: -29 Car - as driver, City of Adelaide: +376 Car - as passenger, City of Adelaide: +52 Truck, City of Adelaide: -10 Motorbike, City of Adelaide: -8 Bicycle, City of Adelaide: +49 Walked only, City of Adelaide: +505 Other, City of Adelaide: +38 Worked at home, City of Adelaide: +29 Did not go to work, City of Adelaide: +141 Not stated, City of Adelaide: -13
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2011, there were 1,042 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Adelaide, compared with 4,589 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the City of Adelaide in 2011, compared to Greater Adelaide, shows that 9.2% used public transport, while 40.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 8.3% and 70.9% respectively in Greater Adelaide.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who walked only (24.7% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by an 'other' method (3.6% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did not go to work (13.2% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (35.5% compared to 64.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in City of Adelaide increased by 1,414 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in the City of Adelaide between 2006 and 2011 were for those nominated:

  • Walked only (+505 persons)
  • Car - as driver (+376 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+141 persons)
  • Tram or Ferry (+131 persons)

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