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Smithfield

Method of travel to work

In Smithfield 98 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Smithfield'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
Smithfield - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Cairns %Number%Cairns %2006 to 2011
Train
00.00.000.00.10
Bus
341.91.7462.91.8-12
Tram or Ferry
00.00.000.00.00
Taxi
00.00.300.00.40
Car - as driver
1,19467.363.199462.061.3+200
Car - as passenger
1055.96.51328.27.2-27
Truck
221.21.1251.61.4-3
Motorbike
261.51.3251.61.3+1
map this data in atlas.idBicycle321.82.3251.62.5+7
map this data in atlas.idWalked only663.73.3402.53.6+26
Other
80.52.0161.01.7-8
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home844.73.9573.63.8+27
Did not go to work
1749.812.819212.013.0-18
Not stated
301.71.6493.11.8-19

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, Cairns: 0.0% Bus, Cairns: 1.7% Tram or Ferry, Cairns: 0.0% Taxi, Cairns: 0.3% Car - as driver, Cairns: 63.1% Car - as passenger, Cairns: 6.5% Truck, Cairns: 1.1% Motorbike, Cairns: 1.3% Bicycle, Cairns: 2.3% Walked only, Cairns: 3.3% Other, Cairns: 2.0% Worked at home, Cairns: 3.9% Did not go to work, Cairns: 12.8% Not stated, Cairns: 1.6% Train, Smithfield: 0.0% Bus, Smithfield: 1.9% Tram or Ferry, Smithfield: 0.0% Taxi, Smithfield: 0.0% Car - as driver, Smithfield: 67.3% Car - as passenger, Smithfield: 5.9% Truck, Smithfield: 1.2% Motorbike, Smithfield: 1.5% Bicycle, Smithfield: 1.8% Walked only, Smithfield: 3.7% Other, Smithfield: 0.5% Worked at home, Smithfield: 4.7% Did not go to work, Smithfield: 9.8% Not stated, Smithfield: 1.7%
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, Smithfield: 0 Bus, Smithfield: -12 Tram or Ferry, Smithfield: 0 Taxi, Smithfield: 0 Car - as driver, Smithfield: +200 Car - as passenger, Smithfield: -27 Truck, Smithfield: -3 Motorbike, Smithfield: +1 Bicycle, Smithfield: +7 Walked only, Smithfield: +26 Other, Smithfield: -8 Worked at home, Smithfield: +27 Did not go to work, Smithfield: -18 Not stated, Smithfield: -19
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 34 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Smithfield, compared with 1,347 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 Smithfield in 2011, compared to Cairns, shows that 1.9% used public transport, while 75.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 1.7% and 72.0% respectively in Cairns.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of Smithfield and Cairns were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (67.3% compared to 63.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did not go to work (9.8% compared to 12.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by an 'other' method (0.5% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Smithfield increased by 172 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest change in the method of travel to work by resident population in Smithfield between 2006 and 2011 was for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+200 persons)

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