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Percentage of population travelling to work by car



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Low inner metro density in most Australian capital cities, and especially compared to large cities in North America or Europe, mean that many people have a lengthy commute to and from work. Because most Australians tend not to use bicycles, and public transport infrastructure is insufficient, the result is that many people are required to drive.    

This data looks at the number of registered motor vehicles (including company owned vehicles) that are garaged or parked at or near private dwellings on census night. Trucks, motorbikes, scooters and tractors are excluded.

This FACT indicates the percentage of people in each Australian capital city using a car (as driver or passenger) to commute to and from work. The level of car dependency in Australian cities has increased significantly, with vehicle kilometres travelled growing faster than the population.

Low is good

Source: ABS, 2018

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