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Method of travel to work

In the Whanganui District 1,383 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2013.

The Whanganui District'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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Drove a car, truck or van
11,05563.259.411,55660.758.6-501
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus
7084.13.88674.64.6-159
Motorbike or power cycle
2701.51.32641.41.0+6
Train
90.11.2----1.0--
Public bus
450.33.2630.33.0-18
Bicycle
5343.12.26303.31.9-96
Walked or jogged
8494.95.31,0085.35.3-159
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home1,1946.88.51,1796.28.3+15
Did not go to work on census day
1,96511.210.41,96210.310.3+3
Other
870.50.91020.50.7-15
Not stated / included
7654.43.71,3927.35.3-627

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, New Zealand: 59.4% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, New Zealand: 3.8% Motorbike or power cycle, New Zealand: 1.3% Train, New Zealand: 1.2% Public bus, New Zealand: 3.2% Bicycle, New Zealand: 2.2% Walked or jogged, New Zealand: 5.3% Worked at home, New Zealand: 8.5% Did not go to work on census day, New Zealand: 10.4% Other, New Zealand: 0.9% Drove a car, truck or van, Whanganui District: 63.2% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Whanganui District: 4.1% Motorbike or power cycle, Whanganui District: 1.5% Train, Whanganui District: 0.1% Public bus, Whanganui District: 0.3% Bicycle, Whanganui District: 3.1% Walked or jogged, Whanganui District: 4.9% Worked at home, Whanganui District: 6.8% Did not go to work on census day, Whanganui District: 11.2% Other, Whanganui District: 0.5%
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, Whanganui District: -501 Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Whanganui District: -159 Motorbike or power cycle, Whanganui District: +6 Public bus, Whanganui District: -18 Bicycle, Whanganui District: -96 Walked or jogged, Whanganui District: -159 Worked at home, Whanganui District: +15 Did not go to work on census day, Whanganui District: +3 Other, Whanganui District: -15
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 54 people who caught public transport to work (train or bus) in Whanganui District, compared with 12,033 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the Whanganui District in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that 0.3% used public transport, while 68.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 4.4% and 64.6% respectively in the New Zealand.

The major differences between the main method of travel to work of the population in the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who drove a car, truck or van (63.2% compared to 59.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used public buses (0.3% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who worked at home (6.8% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used the train (0.1% compared to 1.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Whanganui District decreased by 1,542 between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Drove a car, truck or van (-501 persons)
  • Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus (-159 persons)
  • Walked or jogged (-159 persons)
  • Bicycle (-96 persons)

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