Place holder thread for Monday 23 October 2017

ABS Method of Travel to Work data is being released next Monday.

The key eight numbers of interest are: percentage of cyclists who are female for each of the eight capital cities.

This is only measured systematically every five years. The closest figure that's being measured is in the Australian Cycling Participation Survey ("While bicycle ownership has remained steady in comparison to the 2011 National Cycling Participation Survey, there has been a statistically significant decrease in the level of cycling participation in Australia between 2011 and 2017."). I think this is supposed to be one of the KPIs for Queensland's Cycling Strategy. gives a history of the numbers.

In the 2006 and 2011 Census, this percentage in Brisbane was the lowest of the eight capital cities.

I think Brisbane and Sydney will still be down the bottom, the question is which order will they be in?

The major differences are:

- Sydney has gone through Transport Minister Duncan Gay and Bernard Carlon is still "Executive Director for Centre of Road Safety"; together they've done their best to get cyclists off the road in the name of "safety" (implied message: "get a car")... there was continuous talk of licensing and registration, and massive increases in fines

- Brisbane has had the 2013 cycling inquiry which was supposed to make some changes, and now has CityCycle (rollout complete April 2012)

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No change in BNE? It shows the lack of females cycling.


"Cheaper petrol, low fuel taxes and our continued investments in freeways, toll roads and intelligent transport systems to make roads better and better for car movements just makes driving irresistible."

Meanwhile, London is to introduce a pollution tax on older cars on top of the congestion charge.  Linky here

Forgive my obtuseness, but is there some sort of guide. I assume that each blue dot when you zoom in represents a certain number of cycle commuters, and those dots resolve into bigger dots when you zoom out, if there's a concentration of cyclists.

It's interesting that the North seems generally to be sparser for riding to work than the south. Is the big dot that stands out in the Enoggera area the military base, I wonder?

TableBuilder data supposed to be coming out this month, then more interesting analysis will be possible

Unless I've misunderstood that - it's still not in Tablebuilder Basic or Guest, so ABS missed that deadline. Still waiting...

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The place of work data for the 2016 Census has been temporarily removed from the ABS website so an issue can be corrected. There was a discrepancy in the process used to transform detailed workplace location information into data suitable for output. The ABS will release the updated information in TableBuilder on December 2. The Working Population Profiles will be updated on December 13.


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