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How many people ride bikes in Australian capital cities? Cycling is becoming a trendy alternative, and is high on the agenda for local and state councils, who view cycling as a positive way to reduce pollution and congestion, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles.
This FACT indicates the cycling participation rate of the population in each Australian capital city. Unlike in many European cities, Australians are reluctant to cycle in lieu of travelling by car or public transport, likely influenced by the vast distances that many travel to commute from their suburban homes.
In 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. Around 3.6 million people rode for recreation, leisure or sport, while 1.2 million people made at least one transport journey by bicycle. The city with the highest participation rate is Darwin, with 49 percent. The city with the lowest is Sydney with 34 percent, but this is not surprising when you consider that Sydney is the hilliest capital city in Australia - a terrain that can be challenging for a 'commuter' cyclist.