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Studies of urban travel – where people travel to, how they get there, for what purpose and for how long – have become increasingly sophisticated in their recognition of the complexity of urban travel. This includes, but is not limited to, the differences between work and non-work journeys, gender differences, income and racial differences, and the different sorts of journeys undertaken by car versus public transport. In this paper we extend these understandings through an investigation of the travel patterns of people living in different household forms (e.g. living alone, married without children, married with young children). Using the pooled data of the Sydney Household Travel Survey conducted by the NSW Department of Transport between 1991 and 2001 we find that both men and women in households with children more commonly travel by car, and especially for serve passenger trips. We also analyse the variations in household travel patterns across Sydney in light of recent policy and academic debates about transport infrastructure, and urban transport and land use planning.

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