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Method of travel to work

In West Region 479 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

West Region'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
West Region - (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Train
690.83.4801.03.3-11
Bus
7658.75.26818.15.6+84
Tram or Ferry
90.10.1130.20.1-4
Taxi
90.10.2160.20.2-7
Car - as driver
5,20359.362.04,93859.161.5+265
Car - as passenger
4885.64.84685.64.9+20
Truck
420.50.4620.70.5-20
Motorbike
500.60.6670.80.6-17
map this data in atlas.idBicycle2042.31.81792.11.7+25
map this data in atlas.idWalked only2753.12.22833.42.3-8
Other
1471.71.2580.70.9+89
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home2502.84.32703.24.2-20
Did not go to work
1,17013.312.61,11713.412.9+53
Not stated
981.11.11291.51.4-31

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 Mitcham: 3.4% Bus, City of Mitcham: 5.2% Tram or Ferry, City of Mitcham: 0.1% Taxi, City of Mitcham: 0.2% Car - as driver, City of Mitcham: 62.0% Car - as passenger, City of Mitcham: 4.8% Truck, City of Mitcham: 0.4% Motorbike, City of Mitcham: 0.6% Bicycle, City of Mitcham: 1.8% Walked only, City of Mitcham: 2.2% Other, City of Mitcham: 1.2% Worked at home, City of Mitcham: 4.3% Did not go to work, City of Mitcham: 12.6% Not stated, City of Mitcham: 1.1% Train, West Region: 0.8% Bus, West Region: 8.7% Tram or Ferry, West Region: 0.1% Taxi, West Region: 0.1% Car - as driver, West Region: 59.3% Car - as passenger, West Region: 5.6% Truck, West Region: 0.5% Motorbike, West Region: 0.6% Bicycle, West Region: 2.3% Walked only, West Region: 3.1% Other, West Region: 1.7% Worked at home, West Region: 2.8% Did not go to work, West Region: 13.3% Not stated, West Region: 1.1%
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, West Region: -11 Bus, West Region: +84 Tram or Ferry, West Region: -4 Taxi, West Region: -7 Car - as driver, West Region: +265 Car - as passenger, West Region: +20 Truck, West Region: -20 Motorbike, West Region: -17 Bicycle, West Region: +25 Walked only, West Region: -8 Other, West Region: +89 Worked at home, West Region: -20 Did not go to work, West Region: +53 Not stated, West Region: -31
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 843 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in West Region, compared with 5,783 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 West Region in 2011, compared to the City of Mitcham, shows that 9.6% used public transport, while 65.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 8.7% and 67.8% respectively in the City of Mitcham.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of West Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (8.7% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (59.3% compared to 62.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (0.8% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who worked at home (2.8% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in West Region increased by 416 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+265 persons)
  • Other (+89 persons)
  • Bus (+84 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+53 persons)

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