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Balwyn North

Method of travel to work

In Balwyn North 191 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Balwyn North'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 North - (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Train2702.912.42202.510.8+50
Bus5646.12.04274.81.7+137
Tram or Ferry4004.35.13043.44.5+96
Taxi130.10.2260.30.2-13
Car - as driver5,66861.353.45,52962.154.8+140
Car - as passenger3934.33.24084.63.5-16
Truck70.10.2340.40.3-27
Motorbike250.30.4270.30.4-2
Bicycle600.61.9640.71.5-4
Walked only1311.43.21141.33.1+17
Other1261.41.21391.61.1-13
Worked at home5806.35.95085.75.7+72
Did not go to work8759.59.892010.310.8-45
Not stated1081.21.11792.01.6-71

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 North: 2.9% Bus, Balwyn North: 6.1% Tram or Ferry, Balwyn North: 4.3% Taxi, Balwyn North: 0.1% Car - as driver, Balwyn North: 61.3% Car - as passenger, Balwyn North: 4.3% Truck, Balwyn North: 0.1% Motorbike, Balwyn North: 0.3% Bicycle, Balwyn North: 0.6% Walked only, Balwyn North: 1.4% Other, Balwyn North: 1.4% Worked at home, Balwyn North: 6.3% Did not go to work, Balwyn North: 9.5% Not stated, Balwyn North: 1.2%
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 North: +50 Bus, Balwyn North: +137 Tram or Ferry, Balwyn North: +96 Taxi, Balwyn North: -13 Car - as driver, Balwyn North: +140 Car - as passenger, Balwyn North: -16 Truck, Balwyn North: -27 Motorbike, Balwyn North: -2 Bicycle, Balwyn North: -4 Walked only, Balwyn North: +17 Other, Balwyn North: -13 Worked at home, Balwyn North: +72 Did not go to work, Balwyn North: -45 Not stated, Balwyn North: -71
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 1,234 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Balwyn North, compared with 6,093 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 North in 2011, compared to the City of Boroondara, shows that 13.3% used public transport, while 65.9% 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 North and the City of Boroondara were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (61.3% compared to 53.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (6.1% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (2.9% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (1.4% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Balwyn North increased by 343 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+140 persons)
  • Bus (+137 persons)
  • Tram or Ferry (+96 persons)
  • Worked at home (+72 persons)

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