Walking and cycling for trips that meet our everyday needs
provide physical activity and social connectedness, and enhance
safety by acting as "eyes on the street". Walking and cycling
are low impact forms of exercise in which almost everyone can
participate. Public transport is also defined as "active
transport" given that there is usually a physically active
component to public transport trips.
In 2006, 5.1% of Christchurch commuters travelled to work by
bike, down from 8.9% in 1991. Safety concerns, lack of skills
and confidence, and poor cycling facilities all contribute to
declining numbers of adults cycling. 4.5% of commuters walked or
jogged to work, a percentage which has remained relatively steady
since 1991. 4.1% of commuters travelled by bus, up from 3.4%
The percentage of children cycling to school declined by 15%
between 2002 and 2008. Parents' perceptions of danger from
traffic and from children being unaccompanied has been found
elsewhere to lead to fewer children cycling and walking.
the full issue summary for active transport [PDF] -
updated June 2013.