This FACT indicates the percentage of households in each Australian city that own a bicycle. Although the weather across Australia permits cycling more than other continents, cycling for transport or recreation is less popular, likely influenced by the large distances between destinations, as well as the limited access to bike lanes.
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. The city with the highest percentage of households that own at least one bicycle is Darwin, at 72 percent. The city with the lowest percentage is Adelaide, at 51 percent. This may be influenced by the fact that Adelaide has one of the largest urban sprawls compared to the size of its inner city, spanning over 100km from north to south.