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Cycling in Australia Cycling in Australia
Earl Blumenauer, 2009

Cycling can improve general health and fitness, reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and help save money. Still, Australians remain hesitant due to concerns regarding safety, poor infrastructure, and lack of skills. It's time to let the benefits of cycling outweigh the barriers - get riding, Australia!

How often do Australians cycle?

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Results of the 2013 National Cycling Participation Survey suggest that 16.6% of the Australian population had ridden a bicycle at least once in the previous week and, 37.4% in the previous year. However, participation rates in most states have declined since 20111.

Proportion of Australians who have ridden their bicycles in the previous week

How much do Australians cycle?

Bicycle ownership compared to car ownership

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In 2013, there were on average 1.47 bicycles per household in Australia, and 55.2% of Australian households owned at least one bicycle in the same year2. The average household owned 1.7 cars in 20113–11, and 91.7% had at least one car in 201212.

Purpose of cycling

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Australians tend to ride their bicycles more for recreation than for transport (commuting journeys only). Compared to 2011, the proportion of Australians who cycled to work in the previous week has dropped, especially in in regional NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania13.

Proportion of Australians who rode for recreation (2013)

NSW VIC SA WA TAS NT ACT QLD AUS
12% 13.7% 11.5% 14.3% 11.5% 17.7% 18.4% 14.4% 14.1%

The benefits of cycling

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Cycling can help prevent illness, reduces road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and only costs a small fracture of operating and maintaining a car. Click on the icons below to see the benefits associated with each category.

Lose weight

  • Steady cycling burns about 1,200 kilojoules an hour14.

Prevent illnesses

  • Cycling for more than 30 minutes per day lowers the chance of developing diabetes by 40%15.
  • Regular bicycle riders take one less sick day than non-riders, on average per year.
  • Regular cycling can reduce the risk of heart disease15.

Be happy

  • Regular cycling reduces stress, anxiety and depression15.

Boost your energy

  • Cycling improves your energy levels by 20% and decreases fatigue by 65%15.
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Barriers to cycling

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A significant portion of car journeys undertaken by Australians are under 5km (an easy cycling distance)19, but the cycling participation in Australia has declined since 2011. Main reasons why Australians choose not to cycle are concerns about safety, poor infrastructure, and lack of skills21–23.

Get riding, Australia!

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Bike paths for NSW (Photo credit: Destination NSW; Dan Boud)

Bike paths for NSW

  • Sydney is connecting bike paths to create a 284 km network across the city24.
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) expects an estimated expenditure of $35.4 million to deliver an overall length of 76.7 km of new on-road and off-road cycleway25.
  • The State Government has formulated Sydney's Cycling Future which sets out plans to invest in separated cycleways, and improve and promote the existing network.

References

1 Australian Bicycle Council & AustRoads, 2013 National Cycling Participation Survey, viewed 28 April 2014, https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-C91-13, p. ii

2 Australian Bicycle Council & AustRoads, 2013 National Cycling Participation Survey, viewed 28 April 2014, https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-C91-13, p. 19ff

3 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - Australia, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/0

4 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - New South Wales, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/1

5 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - Victoria, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/2

6 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - Queensland, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/3

7 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - South Australia, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/4

8 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - Western Australia, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/5

9 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - Tasmania, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/6

10 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - Northern Territory, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/7

11 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census QuickStats - Australian Capital Territory, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/8

12 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Environmental Issues: Waste Management, Transport and Motor Vehicle Usage, Mar 2012, data cube: Motor vehicle use, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4602.0.55.002Mar%202012?OpenDocument

13 Australian Bicycle Council & AustRoads, 2013 National Cycling Participation Survey, viewed 28 April 2014, https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-C91-13, p. 18

14 Better Health Channel 2014, Cycling - health benefits, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cycling_health_benefits?open

15 Women's Health, 7 Reasons to Start Bike Riding, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/bicycle-fitness?cat=18722&tip=18718

16 Department of Transport and Main Roads 2013, Cycling benefits, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/Cycling/Benefits.aspx

17 Cycling Fact Sheet 2007, Environmental benefits of cycling, ACT Government, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.deakin.edu.au/travelsmart/docs/theenvironmentabenefitsofcycling_fact%20sheet.pdf

18 Heart Foundation 2012, Heart Foundation applauds Government's move to make us move, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/HeartFoundationapplaudsGovernmentsmovetomakeusmove.pdf

19 Australian Bicycle Council 2010, National Cycling Strategy 2011–2016, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.bicycleinfo.nsw.gov.au/downloads/australian_national_cycling_strategy.pdf, p 11

20 Cycling Promotion Fund, Department of Health and Aging 2008, Economic Benefits of Cycling for Australia, Australian Government, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.sensibletransport.org.au/sites/sensibletransport.org.au/files/u5/CPF_CyclingBenefits_Screen.pdf

21 Cycling Promotion Fund, Department of Health and Aging 2006, Cycling - Getting Australia Moving, Australian Government, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.cyclingpromotion.com.au/images/stories/downloads/Hlth%20RprtSummry.pdf

22 Cycling Promotion Fund, Department of Health and Aging 2006, Cycling - Getting Australia Moving, Australian Government, viewed 28 April 2014,http://www.cyclingpromotion.com.au/images/stories/downloads/Hlth%20RprtSummry.pdf, p.5

23 Hendrie D 2014, Better bike lanes are the issue - not ‘dooring’, ABC, 20 March, viewed 28 April 2014, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-20/hendrie-better-bike-lanes-are-the-issue-not-dooring/5331078

24 Victorian Government 2012, Cycling strategy: cycling into the future, viewed 25 March 2014, http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/83981/Cycling-strategy-Cycling-into-the-Future-Dec-2012.pdf

25 NSW Government 2012, Improving the bike network, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.bicycleinfo.nsw.gov.au/about_bike_network/improving_the_bike_network.html

26 City of Melbourne, Bicycle Plan 2012 - 16 http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/PlansandPublications/strategies/Pages/Bikeplan.aspx

27 Bicycle Network 2014, Latest News, viewed 29 April 2014, https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/media/176/#stynes

28 NSW Government 2011, Australian National Cycling Strategy, viewed 25 March 2014, http://www.bicycleinfo.nsw.gov.au/downloads/australian_national_cycling_strategy.pdf, p 28

29 Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources 2010, Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy, Tasmanian Government, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.dier.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/48327/Walking_and_cycling_strategy_-_final.pdf, p 9

30 Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure 2014, New arterial roads bicycle crossings, Government of South Australia, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/cycling/arterial_road_cycling_projects/new_arterial_roads_bicycle_crossings

31 Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Greenways project, South Australian Government, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/major_projects/greenways_project

32 Territory and Municipal Services, Civic Cycle Loop, ACT Government, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport/major-construction-projects/civic_cycle_loop

33 Department of Transport and Main Roads 2014, Cycle infrastructure projects, Queensland Government, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/Cycling/Cycling-projects.aspx

34 Department of Infrastructure 2014, McMillans Road Cycle Path Upgrade, Northern Territory Government, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/40084/DoI-COL-Factsheet-McMillans-Road-Cycle-Path-April-2014.pdf

35 Department of Lands and Planning, Connected and Safe, Northern Territory Government, viewed 29 April 2014, http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/15504/DLP_CyclePath_Overview_v3.pdf