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Method of travel to work

In the City of Sydney 28,806 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

The City of Sydney'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
City of Sydney - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Train
16,14015.813.810,82913.112.3+5,311
Bus
13,65513.35.810,78613.15.4+2,869
Tram or Ferry
4370.40.43150.40.4+122
Taxi
1,5261.50.31,4031.70.3+123
Car - as driver
23,25322.753.820,75725.153.7+2,496
Car - as passenger
2,5102.54.52,5353.15.3-25
Truck
1900.21.11890.21.3+1
Motorbike
1,1501.10.65890.70.5+561
map this data in atlas.idBicycle2,9532.90.81,3761.70.6+1,577
map this data in atlas.idWalked only25,85325.34.120,11324.34.2+5,740
Other
1,8031.81.02,2502.70.9-447
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home4,0293.94.03,1803.83.9+849
Did not go to work
7,9547.88.57,3078.89.5+647
Not stated
9040.91.51,0031.21.9-99

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, Greater Sydney: 13.8% Bus, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Tram or Ferry, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Taxi, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Car - as driver, Greater Sydney: 53.8% Car - as passenger, Greater Sydney: 4.5% Truck, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Motorbike, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Bicycle, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Walked only, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Other, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Worked at home, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: 8.5% Not stated, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Train, City of Sydney: 15.8% Bus, City of Sydney: 13.3% Tram or Ferry, City of Sydney: 0.4% Taxi, City of Sydney: 1.5% Car - as driver, City of Sydney: 22.7% Car - as passenger, City of Sydney: 2.5% Truck, City of Sydney: 0.2% Motorbike, City of Sydney: 1.1% Bicycle, City of Sydney: 2.9% Walked only, City of Sydney: 25.3% Other, City of Sydney: 1.8% Worked at home, City of Sydney: 3.9% Did not go to work, City of Sydney: 7.8% Not stated, City of Sydney: 0.9%
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, City of Sydney: +5,311 Bus, City of Sydney: +2,869 Tram or Ferry, City of Sydney: +122 Taxi, City of Sydney: +123 Car - as driver, City of Sydney: +2,496 Car - as passenger, City of Sydney: -25 Truck, City of Sydney: +1 Motorbike, City of Sydney: +561 Bicycle, City of Sydney: +1,577 Walked only, City of Sydney: +5,740 Other, City of Sydney: -447 Worked at home, City of Sydney: +849 Did not go to work, City of Sydney: +647 Not stated, City of Sydney: -99
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 30,232 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Sydney, compared with 27,103 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 the City of Sydney in 2011, compared to Greater Sydney, shows that 29.5% used public transport, while 26.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 20.0% and 60.0% respectively in Greater Sydney.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who walked only (25.3% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (13.3% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bicycle (2.9% compared to 0.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (22.7% compared to 53.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in City of Sydney increased by 19,725 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Walked only (+5,740 persons)
  • Train (+5,311 persons)
  • Bus (+2,869 persons)
  • Car - as driver (+2,496 persons)

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