The Facts



According to the key findings from the Austroads 2013 Participation Survey:

  • 3.6 million people ride a bike in Australia each week.
  • 16.6% of the total Australian population had ridden in the previous week and 37.4% had ridden at least once in the previous year.
  • 9.5% of the Australian adult population, aged 18 and over (that’s 1.5 million eligible voters!), had ridden in the previous week and 28.0% had ridden at least once in the previous year.
  • Young children have the highest levels of cycling participation: 44.4% of 2 to 9 year old children had ridden in the previous week, decreasing to 32.2% of 10 to 17 year olds.
  • 5.1% of Australian residents had ridden for transport purposes over the previous week compared with 14.1% for recreation or exercise.
  • Males are more likely to participate in cycling than females: 20.9% of males and 12.4% of females had ridden in the previous week.
  • Among those who had ridden in the past week the average number of days having ridden was 2.9 days.
  • The average Australian household has 1.47 bicycles in working order and 55.2% of households have at least one bicycle in working.

(national and state by state analysis available in the survey document)


Spending and Safety

According to the National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016:

“State and territory Governments spent $3.7 million promoting and encouraging bicycle use and a further $93.8 million building infrastructure and facilities.

In comparison, total road related expenditure in Australia was $15.8 billion in 2008-09 (latest figures available), around $700 per person. Bicycle expenditure therefore makes up around 0.6% of road related expenditure in Australia.

Aggressive targets have been set at both commonwealth and state levels
for increases in bicycle use, however expenditure levels remain low. While it
could be argued that expenditure should be proportional to the desired mode share (i.e. spend 5% of budget to get a 5% mode share), the actual spend of 0.6% is far less than both the current mode share and the target mode share.”



(unconfirmed statistics point at 50 cyclist fatalities in the year 2013)