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In Balwyn 183 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Balwyn'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
Balwyn - (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Train4737.912.43536.010.8+120
Bus2273.82.01592.71.7+67
Tram or Ferry3545.95.12874.94.5+67
Taxi80.10.250.10.2+3
Car - as driver3,38556.353.43,43958.654.8-54
Car - as passenger2363.93.22394.13.5-3
Truck140.20.2230.40.3-9
Motorbike120.20.4220.40.4-10
Bicycle570.91.9490.81.5+7
Walked only1262.13.21182.03.1+8
Other1262.11.2631.11.1+63
Worked at home3465.85.93485.95.7-2
Did not go to work5649.49.867111.410.8-107
Not stated751.31.1951.61.6-20

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, City of Boroondara: 12.4% Bus, City of Boroondara: 2.0% Tram or Ferry, City of Boroondara: 5.1% Taxi, City of Boroondara: 0.2% Car - as driver, City of Boroondara: 53.4% Car - as passenger, City of Boroondara: 3.2% Truck, City of Boroondara: 0.2% Motorbike, City of Boroondara: 0.4% Bicycle, City of Boroondara: 1.9% Walked only, City of Boroondara: 3.2% Other, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Worked at home, City of Boroondara: 5.9% Did not go to work, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Not stated, City of Boroondara: 1.1% Train, Balwyn: 7.9% Bus, Balwyn: 3.8% Tram or Ferry, Balwyn: 5.9% Taxi, Balwyn: 0.1% Car - as driver, Balwyn: 56.3% Car - as passenger, Balwyn: 3.9% Truck, Balwyn: 0.2% Motorbike, Balwyn: 0.2% Bicycle, Balwyn: 0.9% Walked only, Balwyn: 2.1% Other, Balwyn: 2.1% Worked at home, Balwyn: 5.8% Did not go to work, Balwyn: 9.4% Not stated, Balwyn: 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, Balwyn: +120 Bus, Balwyn: +67 Tram or Ferry, Balwyn: +67 Taxi, Balwyn: +3 Car - as driver, Balwyn: -54 Car - as passenger, Balwyn: -3 Truck, Balwyn: -9 Motorbike, Balwyn: -10 Bicycle, Balwyn: +7 Walked only, Balwyn: +8 Other, Balwyn: +63 Worked at home, Balwyn: -2 Did not go to work, Balwyn: -107 Not stated, Balwyn: -20
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 1,054 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Balwyn, compared with 3,647 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 Balwyn in 2011, compared to the City of Boroondara, shows that 17.5% used public transport, while 60.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 19.5% and 57.2% respectively in the City of Boroondara.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (56.3% compared to 53.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (3.8% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (7.9% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (2.1% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Balwyn increased by 137 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Train (+120 persons)
  • Did not go to work (-107 persons)
  • Bus (+67 persons)
  • Tram or Ferry (+67 persons)

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