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Main urban areas are population centres of 30,000 people or more as defined by Statistics New Zealand. Nationally, twenty percent of trips have been walking and cycling and have been largely unchanged since 2003/07. With a quarter of trips, Wellington has the highest percentage compared to other urban areas.



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Core dashboard information


Walking and cycling share of total trip legs by people age 5 and over in main urban areas.

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).

Nature of data

Quantitative, survey-based
Primary source

New Zealand Household Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport)

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 From 2003, updated annually with four year moving average. Periods run from July to June so 2003-2007 means July 2003 - June 2007.
Disaggregation Regional
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): Ongoing survey: 65%-70%.
Next Update To be determined