The city has begun to make progress by investing in active, public, and shared transport in recent years.

It is now important to continue this momentum and improve travel options for getting around. Attractive alternatives to single-occupancy car journeys are needed to avoid traffic congestion in the future.

How we will get there

  • Implement an accessible city (Phases 2, 3 and 4) and continue major cycle routes construction.
  • Make public transport a more attractive travel option.
  • Take a strategic city-wide approach to active and public transport.
  • Develop a culture of innovation around the future of transport and new/emerging technologies which allows for pilot and demonstration projects.
  • A culture shift towards more flexible funding will allow innovative pilot projects to trial new initiatives before more expensive permanent versions are rolled out.
  • Ramp up work on travel demand management.

How we are doing 

The proportion of journeys by active, public or shared transportNegative Result

  • 16% of trips to work were by walking, cycling, using public transport or as a passenger in a car in 2013.
  • Pre-earthquakes in 2006, this was 18% of trips. (Census of Population and Dwellings).
  • 45% of trips to education facilities were by walking, cycling, using public transport or as a passenger in 2013/14 (Household Travel Survey).

Use of shared transport options (i.e. shared car fleets, bike share)Mixed Result

In the 12 months to the end of September 2019 there were 1.1 million trips on e-scooters, which travelled a distance of 1.8 million kilometres – on average 3200 trips per day.

The average trip length over the summer months was 14 minutes, this declined over the winter to 10 minutes.  While the average distance was 1.7 kilometres over the summer and declined to 1.5 kilometres over one winter.

Since February the number of trips has been generally declining, which may reflect seasonal impacts on use, with fewer people using them as the weather gets cooler.