According to the latest census figures 34% of people in Perth (and in all Australian capital cities) travel less than 10 km to work or full time study. This is a distance that could be covered on a bicycle in a bit over half an hour. However, 47% of people say that work is too far away to use a bicycle, 27% have not got one and 11% think it is too dangerous.
The proportion of bicycle usage in trips to work has increased from 1.2% in 2009 to 1.7% in 2012, a large increase in participation, but still a tiny percentage of trips. This compares to an increase of 1.5% to 1.6% Australia wide.
The portion of private motor vehicle trips has declined from 84.6% in 2009 to 81.9% in 2012. The 2.7% reduction is balanced by an increase in public transport of 1.2%, cycling 0.5%, walking 0.5% and other 0.4% (there is a rounding error lurking in these figures).
Cycling participation as a proportion of trips since 2006 declined in Qld, SA, NT and ACT, but increased in the other states. The Australian average is the same as it was six years ago. Compared to 2006 WA recorded the largest increase in participation (+35%).
ABS estimates the number of daily trips to work or full time study in WA at 20000.
The relevant ABS data with all the states: ABS Transport Usage 2012
The historical chart above comes from “Charting Transport”
There also UK figures one could compare against, but they do not seem to focus on participation as much as we do.