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Method of travel to work

In the Porirua City 744 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2013.

The Porirua City's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. 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 distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'On Tuesday 5 March, what was the one main way you travelled to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
Porirua City20132006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Drove a car, truck or van
12,92155.647.412,33054.748.5+591
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus
1,5246.64.51,6927.55.3-168
Motorbike or power cycle
2010.91.31080.50.8+93
Train
2,40010.36.22,1789.75.8+222
Public bus
3991.77.63781.77.6+21
Bicycle
1410.62.41110.51.7+30
Walked or jogged
6032.69.86362.88.8-33
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home1,2155.26.21,1074.95.7+108
Did not go to work on census day
2,46010.610.32,30410.210.1+156
Other
2190.91.11740.80.9+45
Not stated / included
1,1645.03.21,5246.84.7-360

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2013
Method of travel to work, 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, Wellington Region: 47.4% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wellington Region: 4.5% Motorbike or power cycle, Wellington Region: 1.3% Train, Wellington Region: 6.2% Public bus, Wellington Region: 7.6% Bicycle, Wellington Region: 2.4% Walked or jogged, Wellington Region: 9.8% Worked at home, Wellington Region: 6.2% Did not go to work on census day, Wellington Region: 10.3% Other, Wellington Region: 1.1% Drove a car, truck or van, Porirua City: 55.6% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Porirua City: 6.6% Motorbike or power cycle, Porirua City: 0.9% Train, Porirua City: 10.3% Public bus, Porirua City: 1.7% Bicycle, Porirua City: 0.6% Walked or jogged, Porirua City: 2.6% Worked at home, Porirua City: 5.2% Did not go to work on census day, Porirua City: 10.6% Other, Porirua City: 0.9%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, Porirua City: +591 Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Porirua City: -168 Motorbike or power cycle, Porirua City: +93 Train, Porirua City: +222 Public bus, Porirua City: +21 Bicycle, Porirua City: +30 Walked or jogged, Porirua City: -33 Worked at home, Porirua City: +108 Did not go to work on census day, Porirua City: +156 Other, Porirua City: +45
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2013, there were 2,799 people who caught public transport to work (train or bus) in Porirua City, compared with 14,646 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the Porirua City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that 12.0% used public transport, while 63.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 13.9% and 53.1% respectively in the Wellington Region.

The major differences between the main method of travel to work of the population in the Porirua City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who drove a car, truck or van (55.6% compared to 47.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who used the train (10.3% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked or jogged (2.6% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used public buses (1.7% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Porirua City increased by 705 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in the Porirua City between 2006 and 2013 were for those nominated:

  • Drove a car, truck or van (+591 persons)
  • Train (+222 persons)
  • Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus (-168 persons)
  • Did not go to work on census day (+156 persons)

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