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by Brett Davis

NSW motorists, particularly in Sydney, are choosing to leave the car keys on the rack and use other means to travel on weekdays, according to a recent Bureau of Transport Statistics survey.

The Bureau of Transport Statistics examined the travelling habits of NSW motorists during the 2009-2010 financial year and found that motorists made, on average, around 16 million trips per weekday, a figure that has dropped by around one per cent compared with the year before.

However, motorists made on average 15 million trips over the weekend during that period, a figure which rose by more than two per cent. It found that more motorists were making trips to the shops, coinciding with the return of consumer confidence during that period.

During the week, more commuters opted to take trains to work, while a number also opted to walk. Even when commuters arrived at work, the survey showed less business trips were being made. Bus trips took roughly the same amount of commuters as the previous year.

Even though it’s only a slight decrease in motorists taking the car during the week, the overall population of registered cars has reportedly increased by as much as three per cent from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010.

Tell us, have you changed your travel habits in the past few years? If so, what’s the main reason for it? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.