Australians are 90% more likely to be killed in a car accident than they are from a pedestrian related injury (Australia’s Health 2004)

There have already been nearly 1,000 non-pedestrian deaths attributed to transportation in Australia between 1 January and 31 August 2004 (Australian Transport Safety Bureau).

According to the ABS, Young adults aged 15-24 years have a higher death rate from transport accidents (20 deaths per 100,000 people) than the total population (10 deaths per 100,000 people).


TO AND FROM WORK:  Sydney Statistics

·     NSW Ministry of Transport figures show that almost 69 percent of people travelled to work using a private vehicle, only 6.5 percent walked to work and only 23 percent of workers used public transport to get to work (NSW Ministry of Transport).

·     On an average week day, around 11 million driving trips were made by private vehicle, about 1.7 million public transport trips were made, and just under three million walk-only trips were made (NSW Ministry of Transport, 2001).

·     Australians are increasingly reliant on cars.  The number of trips by vehicle on an average weekday increased 19.3 percent from 1991 to 2001 (NSW Ministry of Transport).


·          As a general rule, 95 per cent of people in areas serviced by State Transit are within 400 metres of a bus service operating between 6am and 6:30pm Mon-Sat and within 800 metres of a service at all other times (NSW State Transit annual report 2001-2002).

·          12 per cent of all vehicle driver trips are 1km or less (NSW Ministry of Transport).



·     For example a Holden Barina 3 door hatchback 1.4 litre manual would cost $115.99 to operate per week. Of that amount, the fuel cost is 40 cents per kilometre.  If a worker who drives 10km to and from work a day opted for walking and public transport, they could save $40 a week.

·     One of the more expensive cars, the Toyota Landcruiser GXL 4.5 litre Petrol 4 door wagon, would cost $313.74 to operate per week, of that the fuel cost is $1.08 per kilometre. If a worker who drives 10km to and from work a day opted for walking and public transport, they could save $108 a week.


*Calculations were based on an annual distance traveled of 15,000 kilometres per annum of cars new to three years, and costs comprise of the following elements: Depreciation, Interest, Vehicle Registration, Compulsory Third Party Insurance, Full Insurance, NRMA Membership, Fuel, Vehicle maintenance and Vehicle purchase cost. Tolls are extra. (2002 National Roads and Motorists' Association Limited)


For information on how to can combine public transport with a walk to work in each state, try the following contacts:

·     NSW Public Transport  – for a trip planning service and timetable information for trains, buses and ferries, as well as information on major events call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit www.131500.com.au

·     QLD Public Transport – for information on Queensland transport services phone 13 12 30 or visit  www.transinfo.qld.gov.au

·     VIC Public Transport – for information on Victorian transport services phone 131 638 or visit www.victrip.com.au

·     WA Public Transport – for information on Western Australian transport services phone 136 213 or visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au

·     SA Public Transport – for information on South Australian transport services phone 82101000 or visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au

·     ACT Public Transport – for information on Canberra transport services phone 131 710 or visit www.action.act.gov.au




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