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Both walking and cycling have declined since the first Household Travel Survey in 1989/90, with cycling declining by nearly 60%.



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Core dashboard information


Number of walking and cycling trip legs in million per year, by New Zealand residents age 5 and over.

For survey purposes, a journey from one place to another may be split into trip legs. A "trip leg" is a unit of non-stop travel by a single mode for a single purpose. For example, walking to work with a stop at the shop is two trip legs. Excludes trips under 100 metres, off-road travel and travel on private property (eg farms, malls). Note that the original 1989/90 New Zealand Household Travel Survey did not include travel by children under age 5; for comparability, data from later surveys shown here reflects only age 5 and over.

Nature of data

Quantitative, survey-based
Primary source

New Zealand Household Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport)

1989/90 data from New Zealand Household Travel Survey 1989/90, Ministry of Transport (N=8700 fully responding people). 1997/98 data from New Zealand Household Travel Survey 1997/98, Land Transport Safety Authority (N=14250 fully responding people). From 2003, Household Travel Survey, Ministry of Transport.

Custodian of data Ministry of Transport
URL This data is not published elsewhere. For more information on the Household Travel Survey see https://www.transport.govt.nz/mot-resources/household-travel-survey/
Frequency 1989/90; 1997/98. From 2003, updated annually with four year moving average. Periods run from July to June so 2003-2007 means July 2003 - June 2007.
Disaggregation National
Quality of the data Survey based. Household Travel Surveys exclude commercial travel, and tend to underestimate total personal vehicle travel. Response rate (households with full responses from all members): 1989/90=75%; 1997/98=75%; Ongoing survey: 65%-70%.
Next Update To be determined