Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Research on household travel survey data

Household travel surveys (HTS) are useful data for research on physical activity and sedentary behaviour. HTS typically collect detailed travel behaviour data from a large sample using a 24-hour diary. Travel data include the origin, destination, mode, and purpose of each trip made by participants. HTS data thus provide researchers with information on how often, how long, and how far people walked, cycled, used public transport and drove (on the survey day). HTS also collect individual (age, gender, work status) and household (income, bicycle/car ownership) data. It is possible to examine what environmental attributes are related to travel-related physical activity and sedentary behaviour by linking such travel data to geographic data. We have access to the 2009 South East Queensland Travel Survey. Data were collected from 27,213 individuals from 10,335 households in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, and Gold Coast Statistical Divisions, approximately 4.4% of all households in the study area. We have obtained population density, Walk Score, street layout measures for each Statistical Area 1 in the study area, and linked them to individual travel data.


Dr Rachel Cole, University of the Sunshine Coast
Dr Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Waseda University
Professor Neville Owen, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Takemi Sugiyama, ACU


Sugiyama, T., Cole, R., Thompson, R., Sahlqvist, S., de Sá, T.H., Carver, A., & Astell-Burt, T. (2017). Area-level socio-economic disparities in active and sedentary transport: Investigating the role of population density in Australia. Journal of Transport & Health, 6, 282–288.

Cole, R., Turrell, G., Koohsari, M.J., Owen, N., & Sugiyama, T. (2017). Prevalence and correlates of walkable short car trips: A cross-sectional multilevel analysis. Journal of Transport & Health, 4, 73–80.

Koohsari, M.J., Owen, N., Cole, R., Mavoa, S., Oka, K., Hanibuchi, T., & Sugiyama, T. (2017). Built environmental factors and adults’ travel behaviors: Role of street layout and local destinations. Preventive Medicine, 96, 124–128.

Cole, R., Dunn, P., Hunter, I., Owen, N., & Sugiyama, T. (2015). Walk Score and Australian adults’ home-based walking for transport. Health & Place, 35, 60–65.