Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 49 - Different modes of transport used to travel to and from work in one European city

The graph below shows the different modes of transport used to travel to and from work in one European city in 1960, 1980 and 2000.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information below.

          » You should write at least 150 words.
          » You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Academic writing task 1 sample 49

Sample Answer 1: 
The provided column graph represents information on travellers’ preferences of vehicles to go to and from workplaces in a European city in three different years- 1960, 1980 and 2000.

As is observed from the figure, the car was the widely used mode of transport in the year 2000 than it was in other two decades: 1960 & 1980, and the number of people used to walk on foot earlier, gradually decreased over the time.

In 1960, almost 20 percent people used buses to and from workplaces and this percentage increased to almost 28% after 20 years in 1980. In the year 2000, the bus users fell to less than 20%. On the contrary , in the case of private cars, the users were only about 7% in 1960, which was the lowest among the 4 transportation systems, and this amount increased sharply in 1980 amounting 25% and in 2000 more than 38% , making it the most used form of the transportation system. More than 27% people used bikes in 1960 and in 1980 the number decreased slightly by 5% but in 2000 dramatically fall to about 7%. Finally, 35% people used to walk to go to work and to return from there. But this foot-walkers number declined significantly at only 18% in the 80s and in 2000 at 10%, probably because of the increased uses of the private car.

In conclusion, more people used to walk to travel to workplaces in 1960 but with the increased popularity of private cars, this amount became tiny in 2000.   
(Approximately 252 words)    

(This model answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

Alternative Answer 2
The supplied bar graph gives data on different transportation systems people used in a European city in three decades: 1960,1980 and 2000 and compares how the habit of going to work and returning from there had changed over the 40 years period.

As described in the graph, with the increased use of cars, peoples' habit of using bikes and walking on feet had decreased significantly over the time.

Initially, in the year 1960, lots of people used to move either on foot or used a bike which were 35% and about 27% consecutively compared to only about 7% private cars and about 20% buses. After 20 years in 1980, the number of car and bus users grew up noticeably to 25% and to about 28%.The private car users grew more than 3 times over 20 years and in the same year, people travelling on foot fell to less than half as it was in 1960 amounting only 18% of the total travellers. And finally, in 2000, only 10% work-goers walked, only about 7% people rode a bicycle compared to 18% bus users and about 38% private car users. In 1960, the majority of the people travelled to and from work on foot or using a car but the scenario became completely different after 40 years when most of the people used cars or buses.
(Approximately 224 words)  

( This model answer can be followed  as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

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