The fact sheet provides a quick introduction to the 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey and probably the best for most people: short and to the point and with nice graphs.
Our 1.5 million trips on an average weekday have focal points. North Canberra, Belconnen and South Canberra are hot spots. It makes sense to prioritise the cycling infrastructure part in these areas, not least due to the relatively close proximity. The distance travel for the average trip is not that great – only 7.9km. This includes other trips besides commuting trips. Commuting trips are on average longer. The low distances for the average trip highlight the potential for cycling in Canberra.
• Excluding trips home, the destination of over half of activities (53%) undertaken by ACT residents on an average day are in North Canberra, Belconnen and South Canberra. Just under a quarter of activities are in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin.Fact Sheet – 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey, ACT Government
• The average trip distance for ACT – Queanbeyan residents is 7.9km, with Queanbeyan residents travelling approximately 8% further than ACT residents each day (32.6 kilometres, compared to 30.1 kilometres).
Education is important, particularly in Canberra with five universities and a new CIT development in Woden. The student numbers have dropped as a result of the COVID-19 slump but this is expected to increase again. Children need to get to school, and the 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey includes information about the distances we travel.
The distance travelled to primary schools is the shortest, with longer trips to secondary schools, and the trips to tertiary education being similar to the distance that we commute to work. Tertiary education is centrally located (Bruce, Watson, Acton, Russell, and in the future Civic and Woden).
For education trips, the most common transport is as a passenger in a car. Bus trips make up 1 out of every 6 trips for education. Walking is 12% and cycling only 3% (typical for commuting).