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Mode share varies by the age of the person travelling. For instance, before age 16, driving is not a legal option. Children under 5 years old spend most of their travel time as car/van passengers (86 percent), followed by walking (13 percent). Those aged 5 to 14 years are also mainly car/van passengers (70 percent), with nearly a fifth of their time spent walking (18 percent). Public transport starts playing a more important role with people aged 5–14, making up 8 percent of their time spent travelling. For 15–24 year olds, driving a private vehicle becomes a larger part of their travel (36 percent of time spent travelling), as they are starting to get a driver licence. About a third of their travel time is still as a car/van passenger (33 percent) and public transport makes up 10 percent. Between ages 25 and 64, driver, passenger and pedestrian mode share stays about the same (64–70 percent driving, 13–18 percent as a passenger, 9–11 percent walking). After age 65, driving declines to 51–60 percent of mode share and walking and passenger mode share time increases.



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Core dashboard information


Time spent travelling by mode and age group (by hours per person per week)

Nature of data

Quantitative, survey-based
Primary source

New Zealand Household Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport)

Custodian of data Ministry of Transport
URL https://www.transport.govt.nz/research/travelsurvey
Frequency Periods run from July to June so 2010-2014 means July 2010 - June 2014.
Disaggregation National
Quality of the data Survey based. The survey is designed to capture household travel only and excludes most commercial and freight travel, so will underestimate total personal vehicle travel. Response rate (households with full responses from all members): 2003-2014: 65%-70%.
Next Update To be determined