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Greater Adelaide

Method of travel to work

In Greater Adelaide 19,987 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Greater 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
Greater Adelaide - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train11,9102.17.910,9542.16.5+956
Bus33,5625.91.330,7195.81.1+2,843
Tram or Ferry2,1990.41.71,2640.21.5+935
Taxi1,2500.20.21,2310.20.2+19
Car - as driver367,99264.461.6335,87563.461.5+32,117
Car - as passenger29,6915.24.629,1435.54.9+548
Truck3,9390.70.84,4120.81.0-473
Motorbike3,2470.60.43,3660.60.5-119
Bicycle6,4511.11.26,5481.21.1-97
Walked only13,5362.43.313,8852.63.6-349
Other7,3121.31.15,2491.01.0+2,063
Worked at home18,4793.24.317,1033.24.6+1,376
Did not go to work64,11811.29.961,40311.610.6+2,715
Not stated7,5921.31.68,5901.61.9-998

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, Victoria: 7.9% Bus, Victoria: 1.3% Tram or Ferry, Victoria: 1.7% Taxi, Victoria: 0.2% Car - as driver, Victoria: 61.6% Car - as passenger, Victoria: 4.6% Truck, Victoria: 0.8% Motorbike, Victoria: 0.4% Bicycle, Victoria: 1.2% Walked only, Victoria: 3.3% Other, Victoria: 1.1% Worked at home, Victoria: 4.3% Did not go to work, Victoria: 9.9% Not stated, Victoria: 1.6% 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%
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, Greater Adelaide: +956 Bus, Greater Adelaide: +2,843 Tram or Ferry, Greater Adelaide: +935 Taxi, Greater Adelaide: +19 Car - as driver, Greater Adelaide: +32,117 Car - as passenger, Greater Adelaide: +548 Truck, Greater Adelaide: -473 Motorbike, Greater Adelaide: -119 Bicycle, Greater Adelaide: -97 Walked only, Greater Adelaide: -349 Other, Greater Adelaide: +2,063 Worked at home, Greater Adelaide: +1,376 Did not go to work, Greater Adelaide: +2,715 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: -998
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 47,671 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Adelaide, compared with 404,869 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 Greater Adelaide in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 8.3% used public transport, while 70.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 11.0% and 67.4% respectively in Victoria.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (5.9% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (64.4% compared to 61.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did not go to work (11.2% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (2.1% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Adelaide increased by 41,534 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+32,117 persons)
  • Bus (+2,843 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+2,715 persons)
  • Other (+2,063 persons)

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