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Australian Cycling Participation 2015

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Publication no: AP-C91-15 Pages: 26
Published: 24 July 2015


The National Cycling Participation Survey (NCPS) is a standardised survey that has been repeated biennially since March/April 2011, with minor changes to the survey structure between 2011 and 2013. The NCPS provides data on cycling participation at a national level and allows for estimates of participation for each state and territory, and the capital cities and non-capital areas within each state and territory.

Cycling participation rates across Australia are measured over the previous week, month and year. Measured over the previous week the cycling participation rate has changed from 18.2% in 2011 (95% CI: 17.6% – 18.8%), to 16.5% (95% CI: 15.8% - 17.2%) in 2013 and 17.4% (95% CI: 16.6% - 18.4%) in 2015. Nationally there has been no statistically significant change in participation measured over the previous week between 2011 and 2015.

When measured over the previous month and year there appears to have been a decline in Australian cycling participation since 2011:

  • Cycling participation over the past month has declined from 27.1% (95% CI: 26.4% - 27.8%) in 2011 to 24.3% (95% CI: 23.5% - 25.4%) in 2015.
  • Cycling participation over the past year has declined from 40.2% (95% CI: 39.4% - 40.9%) in 2011 to 36.3% (95% CI: 35.4% - 37.5%) in 2015.

Separate reports provide an overview of the national results and detail the results form each state and territory. Single page national and jurisdictional summaries are also available.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction
  • 1.1 Background
  • 1.2 Weighting
  • 1.3 Statistical significance
  • 1.4 Survey sample
2. Results
  • 2.1 Cycling participation
  • 2.2 Age and gender
  • 2.3 Purpose of travel
  • 2.4 Time ridden over past week
  • 2.5 Bicycle ownership
3. Discussion
  • 3.1 Progress towards the NCS target
  • 3.2 Comparability
Appendix A Survey script

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