Comparison of cycling λ parameters

The cycling λ parameters derived for New Zealand were compared with similar parameters developed in the UK, by the Department for Transport (DfT), which used the UK National Travel Survey to calculate cycling deterrence parameters for various trip purposes. A generic comparison of the λ parameters can be made for several trip purposes between UK and New Zealand MUAs, as shown in table 13.5. The table shows λ parameters for cycling in New Zealand are consistently lower than the UK values for the range of trip purposes shown. This suggests there are more short-duration cycling trips made in the UK and a greater proportion of longer duration cycling trips made in New Zealand.

Table 13.5    Cycling λ parameters – UK/New Zealand comparison

UK

New Zealand (MUA)

Destination type

λ

Destination type

λ

Secondary education

0.101

High school

0.073

Further education ALL

0.095

Tertiary education

0.081

Work ALL

0.091

Employment

0.060