Not much joy in 2017 Cycling Participation Survey
The Australian Bicycle Council has released the 2017 National Cycling Participation Survey, and good news is hard to find.
Cycling participation across NSW, Victoria and South Australia has declined in the past year. Queensland has grown a tiny amount, mostly in regional areas, but that was after a dip in 2015. 16.6% of Queenslanders ride a bike in a typical week.
The National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016 sought to double cycling participation between 2011 and 2016. To measure performance towards this objective, the Australian Bicycle Council commissions a National Cycling Participation Survey which has been conducted in 2011, 2013, 2015 and now in 2017.
So without a doubt, the National Cycling Strategy has not succeeded in doubling participation.
Bicycle Queensland believes that this is an important trigger for the Federal Government to get involved in helping to adequately fund much-needed safe cycling infrastructure across the nation. Because localised examples across the nation show that where good cycling infrastructure exists, there are much higher levels of cycling participation. But sadly, there are many areas of Queensland where the cycleway network is incomplete and below standard.
Get the full story on cycling participation here: http://www.bicyclecouncil.com.au
In terms of gender and age, BQ’s stats are shown below our biggest age demographic being 45-54 and with 58% being male and 42% being female.