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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 (last published 2012).
  • 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, 2009/10 and 2012/13

  • 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)

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 (Table 12)

  • 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 (Table 20 and Table 1)

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, 2016 (Table 18b)

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)

  • 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 and 25a)

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)

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)

 

Useful Links

Gender Page

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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.

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Data

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Contacts

Contacts

Transport and Travel

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