How do we get to work?
Derived from the Census question, "On Tuesday 7 March, what was the one main way you travelled to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?’" This is NOT a multi-response question.
Relates only to persons aged 15 years or more.
Commuting statistics reveal the main Mode of Transport used by residents to get to work. Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of local public transport, and their management of congestion in large cities. There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:
- the availability of affordable and effective public transport options;
- the number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
- the travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.
|Main method of travel to work|
(employed persons aged 15+)
|Drove a car, truck or van||498||55.9||60.7||408||50.2||59.0||90
|Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus||51||5.7||4.6||57||7.0||4.5||-6
|Motorbike or power cycle||12||1.3||1.4||12||1.5||1.9||0
|Walked or jogged||69||7.7||5.3||78||9.6||5.7||-9
|Worked at home||42||4.7||6.2||45||5.5||7.0||-3
|Did not go to work on census day||108||12.1||10.3||126||15.5||12.2||-18
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This dataset looks at the method of travel to work of employed people. It applies only to people aged 15 and over who were employed in the week prior to Census.
Method of travel relates specifically to the journey to work on the morning of Census day (in 2006, this was March 7th). This differs to the industry and occupation data which relates to the main job held in the week prior to Census.
The method of travel is a single response variable. If a person travelled using multiple methods, they are instructed to record only that method which they used for the longest distance.
For more information please refer to the information on the Statistics New Zealand website.
In 2006, there were 6 people in Laird Park who caught public transport to work (train or bus), compared with 561 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver or passenger), and 105 who walked, jogged or rode a bicycle to work.
The 2006 commuting statistics for Laird Park show that 0.7% used public transport, 63.0% used a private vehicle and, 11.8% walked or rode to work, compared with 0.3%, 66.7% and 8.6% respectively in Wanganui District.
The major differences between the method of travel to work of Laird Park and Wanganui District residents were:
- A larger percentage of Walked or jogged (7.7% compared to 5.3%);
- A larger percentage of Did not go to work on census day (12.1% compared to 10.3%), and;
- A smaller percentage of Drove a car, truck or van (55.9% compared to 60.7%).
The largest change in method of travel to work in this area between 2001 and 2006 was:
- Drove a car, truck or van (+90 responses).