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Brisbane LGA

Method of travel to work

In Brisbane LGA 26,187 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2006.

Brisbane LGA'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
Brisbane LGA - Employed persons (Enumerated)20062001Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Train33,2456.86.027,3586.55.8+5,887
Bus37,3787.65.028,6736.84.4+8,705
Tram or Ferry2,3730.50.31,5810.40.2+792
Taxi1,7690.40.31,6760.40.3+93
Car - as driver265,25554.258.3231,95454.958.2+33,301
Car - as passenger28,1645.86.227,4446.56.6+720
Truck4,4200.91.54,9221.21.8-502
Motorbike5,1541.11.03,2360.80.8+1,918
Bicycle6,1571.30.94,9931.20.9+1,164
Walked only20,0304.13.113,4813.22.6+6,549
Other4,9051.01.04,8861.21.1+19
Worked at home19,7684.04.118,0664.34.5+1,702
Did not go to work53,85011.010.848,77911.511.3+5,071
Not stated6,8591.41.65,8341.41.5+1,025

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2006
Method of travel to work, 2006 Train, Greater Brisbane: 6.0% Bus, Greater Brisbane: 5.0% Tram or Ferry, Greater Brisbane: 0.3% Taxi, Greater Brisbane: 0.3% Car - as driver, Greater Brisbane: 58.3% Car - as passenger, Greater Brisbane: 6.2% Truck, Greater Brisbane: 1.5% Motorbike, Greater Brisbane: 1.0% Bicycle, Greater Brisbane: 0.9% Walked only, Greater Brisbane: 3.1% Other, Greater Brisbane: 1.0% Worked at home, Greater Brisbane: 4.1% Did not go to work, Greater Brisbane: 10.8% Not stated, Greater Brisbane: 1.6% Train, Brisbane LGA: 6.8% Bus, Brisbane LGA: 7.6% Tram or Ferry, Brisbane LGA: 0.5% Taxi, Brisbane LGA: 0.4% Car - as driver, Brisbane LGA: 54.2% Car - as passenger, Brisbane LGA: 5.8% Truck, Brisbane LGA: 0.9% Motorbike, Brisbane LGA: 1.1% Bicycle, Brisbane LGA: 1.3% Walked only, Brisbane LGA: 4.1% Other, Brisbane LGA: 1.0% Worked at home, Brisbane LGA: 4.0% Did not go to work, Brisbane LGA: 11.0% Not stated, Brisbane LGA: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2001 to 2006
Change in method of travel to work, 2001 to 2006 Train, Brisbane LGA: +5,887 Bus, Brisbane LGA: +8,705 Tram or Ferry, Brisbane LGA: +792 Taxi, Brisbane LGA: +93 Car - as driver, Brisbane LGA: +33,301 Car - as passenger, Brisbane LGA: +720 Truck, Brisbane LGA: -502 Motorbike, Brisbane LGA: +1,918 Bicycle, Brisbane LGA: +1,164 Walked only, Brisbane LGA: +6,549 Other, Brisbane LGA: +19 Worked at home, Brisbane LGA: +1,702 Did not go to work, Brisbane LGA: +5,071 Not stated, Brisbane LGA: +1,025
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2006, there were 72,996 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Brisbane LGA, compared with 302,993 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 Brisbane LGA in 2006, compared to Greater Brisbane, shows that 14.9% used public transport, while 61.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 11.2% and 67.0% respectively in Greater Brisbane.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (7.6% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who walked only (4.1% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (54.2% compared to 58.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Brisbane LGA increased by 66,444 between 2001 and 2006.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in Brisbane LGA between 2001 and 2006 were for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+33,301 persons)
  • Bus (+8,705 persons)
  • Walked only (+6,549 persons)
  • Train (+5,887 persons)

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