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Travel BehaviourSummary: Gender and Transport and Travel

Travel
  • Men make longer trips than women. The average trip length for men was 12.1km compared to 9.3km for women. The median trip length for men was 3.6km compared to 2.7km for women
  • As in previous years men were more likely to have travelled than women. Seventy-seven per cent of men travelled the previous day compared to 74 per cent of women.

Source: Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary, 2012/13 (Published: 2013)

Note: More recent statistics are not available

 

  • Men are more likely to drive to work than women.  62% of men drive to work compared to 61% of women.
  • Women are more likely to travel by bus to work than men.  12% of women travel to work by bus compared to 9% of men.
  • Men are more likely to cycle to work than women. 4% of men cycle to work compare to 1% of women.
  • Women are more likely to walk to work than men.  15% of women walk to work compared to 10% of men.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 7. Last updated: September 2017)

 

Driving
  • Men are more likely to drive than women. 58% of journeys made by men are as a driver compared to 45% of women.

Source: Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary, 2009/10 (Published: 2011)

Note: More recent statistics are not available

 
  • Men drive more frequently than women. 48% of men drive everyday compared to 37% of women.
  • Men are more likely to hold a driving license than women (76% vs 63%).  The proportion of men holding a driving licence has remained fairly stable where as the number of women holding  a license has increased over the last ten years.  

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Tables 1 & 20. Last updated: September 2017)

 

Road Accidents
  • Male drivers are more likely to be involved in an injury accident than females.  (3.0 men per thousand population were involved in injury accidents in 2008-12 compared with 1.9 per thousand women).

Source: Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2016 (Table 18b. Last updated: October 2017)

 

Walking
  • Women made more walking trips than men. 23% of journeys made by women were walking journeys, compared to 20% of journeys by men.

Source: Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary, 2009/10 (Table 12. Published: 2011)

Note: More recent statistics are not available

 
  • A higher proportion of men walk almost every day.  25% of men walked as a means of transport on 6-7 days in the last week, compared to 21% of women. 
  • A higher proportion of men cycle.  9% of men cycled as a means of transport in the last week, compared to 3% of women. 

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Tables 25 & 25a. Last updated: September 2017)

 

Bus
  • Women use the bus more than men.  44% of women had used the bus in the last month compared to 38% of men.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 28. Last updated: September 2017)

 

Train
  • There is little difference in train use by gender. 29% of  men and 30% of women had used the train within the past month.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 28. Last updated: September 2017)

 

Useful Links

Gender Page

Transport and Travel Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes.

National Indicator number 32: Reduce deaths on Scotland's roads, data table

National Indicator number 48: Increase the proportion of journeys to work made by public or active transport, data table

Progress against these National Indicators, broken down by Gender, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National Indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2016 (October 2017) This publication presents detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury road accidents in Scotland that were reported by the police. Statistics are broken down by age and gender

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (September 2017) This bulletin provides the results of the Transport and travel related questions asked in the Scottish Household Survey, including information from the travel diary, and uses data from a range of other sources to provide some context around transport and travel in Scotland. Statistics are broken down by age and gender

Scottish Transport Statistics 2016 (February 2017) This publication presents a comprehensive statistical picture of transport activity and covers a wide range of topics. Statistics are available for age and gender

National Transport Strategy: User Consultation (October 2006) As part of the National Transport Strategy consultation process research was undertaken to understand the views of transport users within "hard to reach" audiences. The main highlights are presented in the research findings.

High Level Summary of Equality Statistics 2006 (2006) The High Level Summary of Equality Statistics is a compendium which presents statistical trends on the main areas of Government activity in Scotland across a number of equality dimensions including age, disability, ethnicity, gender and in some cases religion

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Gender Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to gender

Data

Data

Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

Scottish Household Survey microdata - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Transport and Travel datasets - Tables from Transport Scotland statistical publications can be found on the statistics pages of the Transport Scotland website

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by gender

 

External Links

External Links

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External Research Organisations

Department for Transport Statistics - Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain.

Contacts

Contacts

Transport and Travel

Transport Scotland Transport Statistics: transtat@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk

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