Results from the 2017 Life in Christchurch transport survey are now available.
More than 4500 people responded to the survey. Although there are still some areas where improvements are required, overall people are reasonably satisfied with their travel in the city. The mode shift that can be seen towards active modes is promising, and indicates that the investment council is making in active modes is beginning to pay off.
- Over 90 per cent of respondents have travelled by car in the past 12 months, with 48% travelling to work by car five or more times a week and 78 per cent using their car to travel to work at least once a week.
- More than half of respondents said they feel safe travelling by car in Christchurch, with just over 10 per cent indicating they felt unsafe.
- The survey revealed a third of respondents think it is difficult to travel by car in Christchurch, however a third also think it Is easy to get around. The common reason for respondents saying it difficult to get around is due to roadworks and road closures. In addition, more than 70 per cent of respondents said the availability of car parking was an issue, while 64 per cent indicated the quality of the roads was a factor.
- Around 30 per cent of respondents had travelled by public transport in the past 12 months, with 50 per cent reporting they had using it to travel to work at least once a week.
- Around half of respondents think it is easy to travel by public transport in Christchurch, only 25 per cent think it is difficult while 21 per cent find it neither easy nor difficult.
- When asked why they thought it was difficult to travel by public transport, the majority said the routes and connections are not direct enough. Others’ indicated the service is not frequent enough, it doesn't always turn up on time, and road congestion and journey times were also factors mentioned.
- More than half of respondents thought they may use public transport if there were more direct routes and connections, while 36 per cent indicated a more frequent service was required and 29 per cent thought a reduction in fares would help.
- Slightly more than 37 per cent of respondents had travelled by bicycle in Christchurch City in the past 12 months, with 31 per cent reporting they had travelling by bicycle more than they did 12 months ago.
- Over the past year, 35 per cent of respondents said they had use a bicycle to get to work more than five times per week, with 32 per cent using a bicycle 2–4 times per week.
- A little over 45 per cent of respondents feel unsafe when travelling by bicycle in Christchurch, while 25 per cent say they feel safe. However, 77% of those who had used the Major Cycle Routes agreed that they had improved their safety from injury when travelling by bicycle.
- More than half of respondents said it was easy to travel by bicycle in Christchurch. Only 22 per cent said they felt it was difficult to travel by bicycle, the majority of these indicated the main reasons for this viewpoint was sharing the roads with heavy vehicles, buses and cars, as well as inconsiderate and dangerous driving by other road users.
- Around 70 per cent of respondents who had cycled in the past 12 months had used the new Major Cycle Routes.
- Close to 77 per cent of those who had used the Major Cycle Routes agreed that they had improved their safety from injury when travelling by bicycle.
- A little more than 65 per cent of respondents said separated cycleways have made it faster and more convenient to travel by bicycle, with 82 per cent saying they made it more pleasant to travel by bicycle.
Travelling with Disabilities
- Around 6 per cent of all respondents have a long term disability that prevents them from doing everyday things that other people can do.
- Around half of those with long term disabilities reported that it impacts on their ability to travel by bicycle all the time; 20 per cent reported that their disability has an impact on their ability to walk to activities all the time.
- 42 per cent find that the roads and footpaths make it difficult for them to travel in the city.
- 32 per cent feel that public transport is hard for them to access, making it difficult for them to travel.
- A large number of respondents with disabilities commented on the impacts that the new major cycleways infrastructure is having on their ability to travel. The raised curbs on the cycleways and around the new central bus exchange are causing difficulties for those with vision impairment in particular.
The results will help inform future planning and policy decisions as we develop Christchurch into a great place where people want to live and visit. More information about the results can be found in the full report. [PDF, 333 KB]