Counts + Quantitative Surveys
The collection of data on the number of bicycles per household, number of bicycle journeys and the nature of those journeys helps to inform transport policy and practice.
Bicycle Infrastructure Is Good For Business (US)
02nd May 2013
This article, by James D. Schwartz, in the Urban County Blog - Bicycle Transportation Blog published, 2nd of May 2013 provides an overview of the economic benefits that bicycle infrastructure can provide.
2011 Bicyclists & Other Cyclists Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (USA)
29th Apr 2013
The U.S. National Traffic Safety Highway Administration has released a fact sheet that details the numbers of cyclists killed and injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011.
The Victorian Transport Statistics Portal (Australia)
09th Apr 2013
Victorian Transport Statistics Portal provides transport statistics and related data. It has recently been updated to include cycling data to assist with the implementation and monitoring of the Victorian Cycling Strategy 'Cycling into the Future 2013-23'.
Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation 2011-12 (Australia)
09th Apr 2013
The 2011–12 Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation (4177.0) was conducted during the 12-months between July 2011 to June 2012, and collected information about the participation of people aged 15 years and over. The survey included sports, such as football or netball, which are usually organised by a club or association, and other sport and physical recreation activities which may or may not have been organised, such as cycling or walking for exercise.
Bicycling and Walking for Transportation in Three Brazilian Cities (South America)
20th Feb 2013
This research, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in February 2013, provides details on the patterns of walking and cycling for active commuting in Curitiba, Vitoria and Recife, three state capitals in Brazil. It also aims to provide insights into the personal and perceived environmental factors associated with active transport. This study is amongst the first to examine active commuting in a large population sample within a low to middle income country.
Assessing Cycling Participation (Australia)
19th Feb 2013
This research paper, published in the journal Sports in January 2013, examines the reported rates of cycling in five population surveys of cycling. The paper proposes that different question styles most likely explain the substantial discrepancies between the estimates of cycling participation. Some differences are to be expected due to sampling variability, question differences, and regional variation in cycling.
Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities 2012 (Australia)
02nd Jan 2013
The 2012 Survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, was conducted throughout Australia in April 2012 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey. The survey includes children aged 5-14 years and covers both sport cycling and recreational cycling. The number of children riding for sport and recreation has increased since the last survey in 2009.
Origin-destination flows for Melbourne journey to work by bicycle (Australia)
19th Dec 2012
In December 2012 CDM Research published a series of graphics showing the origin-destination flows for journeys to work by bicycle in Melbourne. The data is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data from 2001, 2006 and 2011. The innovative method of data visualisation is information rich.
Cycling Participation and Rider Perceptions City of Port Phillip, Victoria (Australia)
13th Dec 2012
In 2012 Port Philip Council engaged the Australian Bicycle Council to undertake a Cycling Participation and Rider Perceptions survey of residents. This report outlines the survey findings and provides comparisons in participation with national and metropolitan Victoria data form the 2011 National Cycling Participation Survey.
Cycling to work in Sydney: analysis of journey-to-work Census data from 2001 to 2011 (Australia)
12th Dec 2012
This report presents descriptive data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census on cycling on the journey to work; this information was collected at the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses by LGA and also stratified by regions, into: inner Sydney, outer Sydney and the Greater Metropolitan Region. The report was published by the University of Sydney in December 2012.
Adult participation in sport and physical recreation (Australia)
02nd Oct 2012
The 2009–10 ABS Survey of Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation was conducted during the 12-months between July 2009 and June 2010, and collected information about the participation of people aged 15 years and over. The survey included sports, such as football or netball, which are usually organised by a club or association, and other sport and physical recreation activities which may or may not have been organised, such as cycling or walking for exercise.
Greater Darwin Cycle Survey (Australia)
19th Sep 2012
The Greater Darwin Cycle Survey has been undertaken by the Department of Lands and Planning in the wet and dry season since 2009. Reports from 2010 are available online.
Sydney Metropolitan Average Daily Cycle Counts (Australia)
12th Sep 2012
The NSW Bicycle Info website has a page which displays the number of cycle movements at automatic counter locations throughout the Sydney metropolitan area. The results are shown from 2007 to 2011.
WA Cycling Surveys and Data (Australia)
12th Sep 2012
The WA Department of Transport's website has a page dedicated to statistical data relating to cycling in Western Australia. It includes results of bicycle traffic counts, cycling spatial data, and cycling survey reports.
Local area walking and cycling in England 2010/11 (UK)
05th Sep 2012
In August 2012 the Department for Transport released information on walking and cycling amongst adults (aged 16 and over) in England, by local area. This is the first release in this series of statistics. The survey found that 10 per cent of adults cycle at least once per week. This figure varies significantly by area, from over 50 per cent to less than 5 per cent.
2011 Sydney Cycling Survey (Australia)
16th Aug 2012
In August 2012 the NSW Bureau of Transport Statistics released the results of the 2011 Sydney Cycling Survey (SCS). The survey found that 18% of the Sydney population had cycled in the previous week, up from 12% in 2010. The survey estimates that on a typical day around 180,000 residents of the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area ride a bicycle in a public area. The bicycle mode share has remained static at around 2% of trips under 10km.
Perth Bicycle Network Monitoring (Australia)
31st Jul 2012
The Perth Bicycle Network (PBN) monitoring project assesses the effectiveness of the PBN program through user surveys that have been conducted annually since 1998 and automatic counter data.The survey results are published each year in a Monitoring Report. Use of the PBN has increased by 490% from 1989-2012.
Victorian Transport Atlas (Australia)
17th Jul 2012
In July 2012 the Victorian Department of Transport published a summary of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' journey to work data for 1996, 2001 and 2006. The atlas has data presented for each Victorian local government area including: origins and destinations of work journeys; methods of travel to work; and employment and occupation types.
Cycling to School: A review of school census and Bikeability delivery data (UK)
12th Apr 2012
In March 2012 the UK Department of Transport published a report looking at the number of children cycling to school since the introduction of the Bikeability scheme five years ago. In March the scheme celebrated five years of delivering training for children in schools. The report shows that where there is a longer history of delivering cycle training, a higher proportion of children are cycling to secondary school. Further, those authorities that have received higher levels of Bikeability funding have seen larger increases in cycling to secondary school.
Active Travel to School 2012 (Australia)
26th Mar 2012
In March 2012 the National Heart Foundation in collaboration with the Cycling Promotion Fund published the results of an online survey with a random sample of 1,005 Australian parents with school aged children in relation to children and riding bikes to and from school. The survey found that only one in ten children ride to school, even though 80% of parents think it would improve their kids’ health.
Practical Methods for Counting Bicycle and Pedestrian Use (USA)
09th Mar 2012
In January 2012 the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota released a report exploring ways to distinguish bicycles from pedestrians when using automtatic traffic counting applications. They found that a vision-based system overcomes many of the shortcomings of existing technologies such as loop counters, buried pressure pads and infra-red counters and developed state-of-the-art algorithms for performing object classification to solve the problem of distinguishing bicyclists from pedestrians.
2011 Bicycle Count Report City of San Francisco (USA)
09th Feb 2012
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) 2011 Bicycle Count Report was released in February 2012. The bicycle counts inform bicycle planning efforts in the city, provide the data needed to evaluate the efficacy of the bicycle network, and help identify locations where additional infrastructure improvements may be needed.
Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers (USA)
06th Feb 2012
Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers was published by Rails-to-Trails Conservacy in January 2012. It shows that in large and small “rural cores” of 2,500 to 50,000 residents, the share of total trips made on foot or by bike is only 20 percent below the rate for larger urban cores. Furthermore, when it comes to work trips, rural areas fall right in line with the national rates of biking and walking to work.
ACT Year 6 Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey 2009 (Australia)
31st Jan 2012
This report presents results from the second ACT Year 6 Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey conducted in 2009 as well as describing trends since the first survey in 2006. In 2009 fewer children walked or cycled to and from school and time spent on sedentary activities (e.g. computer games, internet and television viewing) increased, particularly for boys. The report is by the ACT Government, Health Directorate and was released in November 2011.
The rise of biking and walking (USA)
25th Jan 2012
This info graphic, produced by the online blog Good and the design firm Part and Parcel, was published online in June 2010. It uses data from the US Federal Department of Transport to illustrate how rates of walking and cycling have grown as funding has increased.
Map of Cycling Rates for Shorter Journeys in the Netherlands 2004-08 (EU)
03rd Jan 2012
The data for this map came from the Netherlands Mobility Survey. Of all journeys in the Netherlands 26% of people use a bicycle. In some municipalities, such as the islands of Vlieland and Schiermonnikoog, more than 50% of journeys under 7.5km are made by bicycle. In the cities of Zwolle, Groningen and Leiden around 46% of people use bicycles for shorter journeys.
City modal split database (EU)
05th Oct 2011
In May 2011 the European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM) launched its TEMS online database which aims to show the transport mode split of all cities in the EU with more than 100.000 inhabitants (there are well over 600 such cities).
2010 Bicycle Commuting Data (USA)
28th Sep 2011
In September 2011 the League of American Bicyclists released two tables of bicycle commute data, the 2010 bicycle commute estimates for 375 American cities and a 10 year comparison of the 70 largest cities. The data shows that more than half of one percent of American workers use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation to work, close to 40 percent growth since 2000.
Walking and cycling: improving combined use of physical activity/health and transport data (New Zealand)
15th Sep 2011
This report was released in Januray 2011 by the NZ Transport Agency. The report looks at transport implications of the findings of the Active New Zealand Survey (ANZS). The ANZS is a high-quality nationwide survey of over 4000 adults collected through face-to-face interviews over 12 months in 2007/08. Although collected mainly to measure levels of sport/recreation activity and to quantify physical activity in general, it includes data of interest to the transport sector on walking and cycling.
NSW 2009/10 Household Travel Survey (Australia)
12th Sep 2011
In August 2011 the Bureau of Transport Statistics (BTS) from the New South Wales Department of Transport released the 2009/10 Household Travel Survey Summary Report. This publication is a compilation of annual statistics on the travel behaviour of Sydney residents produced from the Bureau of Transport Statistics’ continuous Household Travel Survey (HTS).
Active Travel in Germany and the US
07th Sep 2011
This article by Ralph Buehler, John Pucher, Dafna Merom and Adrian Bauman was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in September 2011. It reports on their study that looked at the contributions of daily walking and cycling to recommened physical activity levels in the US and Germany. It concluded that daily walking and cycling can help a large proportion of the population to meet recommended physical activity levels.
National Cycling Participation 2011 (Australia)
31st Aug 2011
On 31 August 2011 the Australian Bicycle Council released the results of the National Cycling Participation Survey. The survey found that in a typical week around 18% of Australians ride a bicycle for transport and recreation with around 3.6 million people riding for recreation, leisure or sport and 1.2 million people making at least one transport journey.
Study uses infrared sensors to count bicyclists, pedestrians on Minneapolis trails (USA)
06th Jul 2011
In June 2011 the Univesity of Minesota's Centre for Transportation Studies reported on a research project which is using infrared counters to measure how bicycle and pedestrian trails are used in the City of Minneapolis.
Bicycling Renaissance in North America? An Update and Re-Assessment (USA and Canada)
27th Apr 2011
This research paper, published in the journal Transportation Research Part A in 2011, reviews trends in cycling levels, safety, and policies in Canada and the USA over the past two decades. The paper analyses aggregate data for the two countries as well as city-specific case study data for nine large cities (Chicago, Minneapolis, Montréal, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington).
Greater Hobart Household Travel Survey (Australia)
15th Feb 2011
The Greater Hobart Household Travel Survey is a comprehensive survey of how, where and why people are travelling in Greater Hobart. The Survey was conducted in 2008-09 and is the first of its kind in Tasmania. It makes a significant contribution to better understanding actual passenger transport patterns and needs, to inform the development of appropriate policy and planning responses.
Victorian Cycling Data and Statistics (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
This webpage, maintained by Vic Roads, has sources of cycling data and statistics particularly where they are relevant to planning bicycle networks. The page includes links to count data from Melbourne's Permanent Induction Loops, census data, state government surveys and Super Tuesday manual counts.
Cycling in Sydney 2008 (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
This fact sheet was published by the then Roads and Traffic Authority in April 2008. It provides a snap shot of bicycle ownership and usage levels in Sydney between 2001 and 2005.
Cycling in New South Wales: What the Data Tells Us (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
This report was prepared for the Premier’s Council for Active Living and published in December 2008. The report was prepared to inform the development of a new NSW BikePlan. It examined: the available data on cycling in NSW; who is cycling in NSW (and where); how cycling outcomes in NSW and Sydney perform against comparable locations; the potential for increasing cycling in NSW; and the data needed to grow cycling in NSW and track outcomes achieved.
Cycling to Work in Sydney (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
This research, published by the Sydney South West Area Health Service in 2008, examined changes in levels of cycling in Sydney between the 2001 and 2006 Census.
Cycling to work in Melbourne 1976 - 2001 (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
In 2004 VicRoads published a comprehensive report on work related cycle trips in Victoria based on the census data from 1976 to 2001.
Cycling in Melbourne: Bicycle ownership, use and demographics 1997 – 1999 (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
This report, published by VicRoads in 2004, outlines a number of key statistics on bicycle ownership and use in Melbourne from 1997-1999.
Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
This Australian Bureau of Statistics publication presents the results of a household survey conducted in March 2006. The survey collected information on household waste management, motor vehicle ownership and maintenance and use of transport, all of which have implications for resources use, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Chapter 4, Use of transport, provides an overview of bicycle ownership and usage rates in Australia.
Travel to work in Australian capital cities, 1976-2006: an analysis of census data
21st Sep 2010
This research paper by Mees, Sorupia and Stone was published in 2007 by the University of Melbourne. Since 1976, the Australian census has asked people how they travel to work. This report uses the answers to this question from 1976 to 2006 to identify the major trends in travel to work in Australia’s capital cities (the six state capitals plus Canberra) over three decades.