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Method of travel to work

In the Wellington City 21,912 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2013.

The Wellington 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
Wellington City20132006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Drove a car, truck or van
39,75637.847.441,18140.148.5-1,425
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus
4,3144.14.55,1185.05.3-804
Motorbike or power cycle
1,6411.61.38850.90.8+756
Train
3,1413.06.23,1773.15.8-36
Public bus
14,56513.87.614,32514.07.6+240
Bicycle
3,7293.52.42,1572.11.7+1,572
Walked or jogged
18,18317.39.815,69615.38.8+2,487
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home5,6405.46.25,1875.15.7+453
Did not go to work on census day
10,1589.710.39,9009.610.1+258
Other
1,3531.31.11,1011.10.9+252
Not stated / included
2,7632.63.23,9033.84.7-1,140

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, Wellington City: 37.8% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wellington City: 4.1% Motorbike or power cycle, Wellington City: 1.6% Train, Wellington City: 3.0% Public bus, Wellington City: 13.8% Bicycle, Wellington City: 3.5% Walked or jogged, Wellington City: 17.3% Worked at home, Wellington City: 5.4% Did not go to work on census day, Wellington City: 9.7% Other, Wellington City: 1.3%
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, Wellington City: -1,425 Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wellington City: -804 Motorbike or power cycle, Wellington City: +756 Train, Wellington City: -36 Public bus, Wellington City: +240 Bicycle, Wellington City: +1,572 Walked or jogged, Wellington City: +2,487 Worked at home, Wellington City: +453 Did not go to work on census day, Wellington City: +258 Other, Wellington City: +252
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 17,706 people who caught public transport to work (train or bus) in Wellington City, compared with 45,711 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that 16.8% used public transport, while 43.4% 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 Wellington City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who walked or jogged (17.3% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who used public buses (13.8% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who drove a car, truck or van (37.8% compared to 47.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used the train (3.0% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Wellington City increased by 2,613 between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Walked or jogged (+2,487 persons)
  • Bicycle (+1,572 persons)
  • Drove a car, truck or van (-1,425 persons)
  • Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus (-804 persons)

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