Method of travel to work
In Northcote 1,698 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.
Northcote'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?'
Persons aged 15 years and over
|Method of travel to work|
|Northcote - Total persons (Enumerated)||2011||2006||Change|
|Main method of travel||Number||%||Victoria %||Number||%||Victoria %||2006 to 2011|
|Tram or Ferry||923||7.5||1.7||647||6.0||1.5||+276||16003|
|Car - as driver||4,820||39.1||61.6||4,766||43.9||61.5||+54||16005|
|Car - as passenger||278||2.3||4.6||356||3.3||4.9||-78||16006|
|Worked at home||502||4.1||4.3||399||3.7||4.6||+103||16012|
|Did not go to work||1,272||10.3||9.9||1,188||10.9||10.6||+85||16013|
|Total employed persons aged 15+||12,323||100.0||100.0||10,854||100.0||100.0||+1,469|
In 2011, there were 3,284 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Northcote, compared with 5,191 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 Northcote in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 26.6% used public transport, while 42.1% 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 Northcote and Victoria were:
- A larger percentage of persons who travelled by train (17.6% compared to 7.9%)
- A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bicycle (10.6% compared to 1.2%)
- A larger percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (7.5% compared to 1.7%)
- A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (39.1% compared to 61.6%)
The number of employed people in Northcote increased by 1,469 between 2006 and 2011.
The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in Northcote between 2006 and 2011 were for those nominated:
- Bicycle (+546 persons)
- Train (+441 persons)
- Tram or Ferry (+276 persons)
- Worked at home (+103 persons)