It is difficult to be surprised at the findings of a recent on-line survey conducted with a random sample of 1000 people:
Around 60% of respondents stated they own or have access to a bike.
Two in five respondents that owned or had access to a bike had ridden a bike in the past
month. Of these, 60% had ridden a bike for transport purposes.
The majority of respondents that had ridden a bike did so for either running errands/going
to the shops or for leisure and recreational activities. More than 60% of respondents had
both cycled for running errands/going to the shops and for leisure and recreational
The majority of respondents cycle due to the health and exercise benefits obtained from
cycling. Respondents were also likely to be influenced by the economic benefits of
cycling, as well as the environmental advantages.
A common theme for not cycling more often was due to road traffic conditions or safety.
Respondents were likely to rate unsafe road condition, speed/volume of traffic, lack of
bicycle lanes or safety as key reasons for not cycling often. Issues such as lack of time or
motivation were not significant factors in holding back cyclists.
Those that ride a bike for transport, typically ride on quiet roads and alone.
Almost 90% of those that ride a bike for transport felt their general health had improved
since starting to ride for transport.
More than 40% of respondents who do not own or have access to a bike said they prefer
other forms of recreation and exercise activities to cycling or don’t like cycling at all. Just
under a quarter felt cycling was not a safe form of transport (which was also a common
reason for cyclists not riding more often).
A common theme for not cycling is due to road and safety issues. Unsafe road conditions,
volume of traffic and general safety were key reasons for holding back people. Weather
conditions were more likely to be rated as a factor than personal matters such as lack of
time or motivation.
Paved paths along roads physically separated from motor traffic and paved separated
trails along rivers and scenic areas were conditions that would encourage people to ride
more often (or at all).
In general, the majority of respondents agreed that the Federal Government should be
doing more to encourage people to use bikes for transport.