Collecting Data

Environment friendly transport

More people use public transport in Wellington than anywhere else in New Zealand.

30% use public transport compared with:

  • 18% in Auckland
  • 9% in Christchurch
  • 10% in Australian and North American cities on average

About 23,000 people commute into Wellington City every working day.

Source : WCC

11% of Wellingtonians walk to work.

More people in Wellington walk or bike to work than the average New Zealander.

There are regional initiatives to car pool and encourage cycling and walking to work.

Cyclists, walkers, and joggers

Three-quarters of people who cycled to work on census day in 2006 were men. A fifth of the total cyclists were professionals (the largest group), followed by service and sales workers. People working as agricultural and fishery workers, who often travelled the greatest distances, were the least likely to cycle to work (3 percent). People aged between 30 and 49 years had the highest proportion of cyclists on Census Day 2006

Figure 2

Graph, Employed Population Who Cycled, Walked or Jogged to Work.

Walking and jogging were more evenly split between the sexes, although more women walked (54 percent compared with 46 percent of men). Service and sales workers were the most likely to walk, possibly because the majority lived fairly close to their workplace. Half of all people who walked to work were aged less than 35 years.

Public transport

Women were more likely than men to use public transport (58 percent travelled to work on a bus or train on census day 2006). However, women who had children were less likely to use public transport to get to work (3 percent of women with children compared with 9 percent of women with no children used public transport); of these, the majority drove to work (57 percent). Women with children were also less likely to cycle or walk than women without children.

Professionals (21 percent) or clerks (20 percent) were the highest users of public transport, perhaps because workplaces for these occupations were mostly located in the largest cities where public transport is more readily available. Higher proportions of younger people used public transport to get to work on census day 2006; over half of those who used public transport were under 35 years.

Figure 4

Graph, Employed Population Who Travelled to Work Using Public Transport by Age Group.

Wellington region has the highest number of public transport boardings per person per year in New Zealand. The average resident boarded public transport 72 times last year, far exceeding the per-capita boarding for Auckland, Canterbury, and all major Australian cities except Sydney.

Greater Wellington Public Transport Statistics

In the 2013/14 year:

  • 90% of the region’s residents used public transport
  • 35.8 million passenger trips were taken
    • 67.0% by bus
    • 32.5% by train
    • 0.5% by ferry
  • 33% of the people arriving in the CBD during the morning peak used public transport to get there
  • The number of Wellingtonians who took the train in 2013 was nearly 50% higher than the number who took the train five years earlier

Other useful sites that aren’t as data related looking at biking to work, routes of tracks as recreational and youths as bikers are seen in the links below.


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