Life in Christchurch Transport Survey

2017 results

Travel by car

Over 90 per cent of respondents have travelled by car in the past 12 months, with 78 per cent using their car to travel to work at least once a week.

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.

"I am looking forward with hopeful expectation to use the new inner city road networks when they and the building projects are complete. Still significant readjustment required to how we do travel so that environments become safer and more community focused."

Public Transport

Around 30 per cent of respondents had travelled by public transport in the past 12 months; around half of respondents think it is easy to travel by public transport in Christchurch.

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.

"In larger cities there are free circular routes around the main parts of the city, which encourages the use of public transport in general. This would be great to see. The main issue for me is it takes me about twice as long to get home on public transport as it does biking or driving."

Travel by Bicycle

More than a third of respondents had travelled by bicycle in Christchurch City in the past 12 months; around 30 per cent reported that they had travelled by bicycle more than they did 12 months ago.

Over the past year, 35 per cent of respondents said they had used a bicycle to get to work more than five times per week, with 32 per cent using a bicycle two to four times per week. 

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.

"Keep faith in the accessible city vision as the best future for the city.  I am seeing more and more use of the cycling facilities even in winter.  I have just come back from Europe where even Moscow is making their center city walking and cycling friendly, narrowing roads to do it."

"I now feel safe biking to and from my job in the central city for the first time. I also bike more on winter evenings as I feel safer too."

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 40 per cent of respondents with long term disabilities find that the roads and footpaths make it difficult for them to travel in the city.

Around 30 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 bloody concrete barriers created for the cycle lanes which prevent me from getting from my car to the footpath.  I am completely gutted that the Council has chosen to provide expensive facilities for the able bodied community at the expense of less able people to be able to access their local community facilities.”


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]

More information about the questions asked can be found in the questionnaire. [PDF, 986 KB]