Introduction

Funded by The New Zealand Road Safety Trust, the New Zealand Travel Survey 1997/98 increases our understanding of New Zealanders' travel behaviour. This in turn provides valuable information for directing both national, regional and community-based road safety programmes to help reduce the level of trauma on our roads.

This highlights booklet presents results compiled from the large number of tables and graphs which appear in the principal document, the New Zealand Travel Survey Report.

It provides information on recent travel patterns as well as showing how travel behaviour has changed over the eight years since the 1989/90 travel survey a project that employed comparable methodology. When road crash statistics are combined with this travel information, it is possible to show which demographic groups are at (and which driving situations present) the greatest risk and how, influenced by changing travel patterns and road safety programmes, risk has changed over time. This also highlights trends that may continue into the future.

There is a wealth of useful information contained in the Travel Survey. Eight years on from the previous survey we find some notable shifts in travel patterns. An example is the change from walking and cycling to schools within our cities to using a car. The section on evaluating risk in terms of mode of transport, age, gender and the time of travel provides excellent information for those considering where our road safety efforts can best be made.


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