2011 Sydney Cycling Survey (Australia)
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.
The NSW 2021 strategic business plan establishes a target to more than double the mode share of cycling among trips up to 10 km in the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area by 2016. In order to achieve this target, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the Bureau of Transport Statistics (BTS) commissioned Sinclair Knight Merz to develop a survey method to monitor performance towards this target. This survey was first undertaken in November 2010 and was referred to asthe Sydney Cycling Survey (SCS) 2010.
The SCS surveyed over 11,000 individuals from 4,000 households. Data on individual and household demographics were obtained, as well as information on cycling participation. Individuals who reported that they cycled on the previous day were also asked about the characteristics of their cycling trips.
The key findings were as follows:
- 18.0% (CI1: 17.2%-18.8%) of the population cycled at least once in the previous week (2010:11.9%) and 26.2% (CI: 25.3%-27.1%) cycled at least once in the previous month (2010:22.2%).
- Males are far more likely to have ridden than females; 24% of males rode in the previous weekcompared with 13% of females.
- Children are far more likely to have ridden recently than adults; 58% of children aged under 10 had ridden in the past week, compared with 15% of those aged 30 – 49 and 6% of those aged over 50
- Our best estimate is that on a typical day around 180,000 residents of the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area ride a bicycle in a public area, making a total of around 369,000 cycling triplegs (of any length). Around 60% of these trips are for social, exercise or recreation purposes. Around 157,000 residents make cycling trips in public areas that are 10 km or shorter,equating to a total of around 327,000 trip legs per day.
- The cycling mode share estimate for trips of 10 km or less is 2.17% (CI: 1.87%-2.47%), a statistically insignificant difference over 2010 (1.91%). There is considerable variation across gender and age groups; females aged 50 or over have the lowest cycling mode share (0.21%)and males aged under 15 have the highest cycling mode share (7.67%).
Sydney Cycling Survey 2011, Methods and Findings | 704Kb PDF
Sydney Cycling Survey 2011, Datasets
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