Jobs and the Future of Work

This is how the world commutes to work, research shows

Few people in the US cycle to work, like these commuters in New York.

Few people in the US cycle to work, like these commuters in New York. Image: REUTERS/Seth Wenig

Martin Armstrong
Data Journalist, Statista
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  • Driving your own car is the resounding way to commute to either work, home, school or university.
  • According to Statista's Global Consumer Survey, the U.S. has the lowest share of respondents saying they take the bike, at just 6 percent.
  • It's important to note that the commuting methods are driven by the extent and state of infrastructure for cycling and public transport.

The latest results from Statista's Global Consumer Survey have revealed how people around the world commute to work, school or uni. As this infographic shows, there are substantial differences between the countries selected when it comes to the use of cars, bicycles and public transport. The Netherlands' reputation as bike enthusiasts is confirmed, with 38 percent - by far the largest proportion - saying they complete their commute with their own bicycle.

The U.S. has the lowest share of respondents saying they take the bike, at just 6 percent, with the vast majority, 82 percent choosing or having to drive with their car. Of course, to some extent the commuting methods are driven by the extent and state of infrastructure for cycling and public transport. India's low figure for car usage is made up for in the two-wheeled category. Here, 31 percent and 16 percent said they use their motorcycle or motor scooter, respectively.

How the world commutes
Your own car is the resounding way to commute to work, school or university. Image: Statista
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