Inner Sydney residents are riding bikes at double the rate of greater Sydney, according to a new independent survey.
Results of the nationwide survey found 20 per cent of people living in the City of Sydney, around 42,500 residents, ride a bike in a typical week, compared with 10 per cent in greater Sydney.
Forty per cent of residents used their bicycle for transport, also double the Sydney-wide rate.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the results showed the City’s long-term program of building safe and connected bike paths was paying off.
“For the last seven years, we’ve been dedicated to building infrastructure, educating people about safe riding behaviour and supporting Sydney’s growing bike culture,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Each person riding is one less driver stuck in traffic or one extra seat on the bus or train.
“Connecting up the different parts of our bike network is more important than ever – it’s the best way to support people already commuting by bike and encouraging new riders to give it a go.”
The proportion of people riding in the inner city increased from 14 per cent in 2016 to 20 per cent in 2017.
Of those who had ridden since 2016, three quarters had been riding consistently.
However, more than a fifth said they were returning to riding after a break of a year or more.
The survey also found:
- Twice as many women are riding in the City of Sydney (13 per cent) than in greater Sydney (6 per cent).
- More people in greater Sydney have access to one or more working bicycles compared to City residents yet City residents ride twice as much.
- The NSW cycling participation rate is down – and lower than in any other state or territory in Australia.
- Forty per cent of 10 to 17 year olds in the City area are riding bikes, double the greater Sydney figure.
The Lord Mayor welcomed the high numbers of children riding.
“Children are typically keen bike riders but they often give it up in their teenage years. It’s wonderful that so many teenagers in the city are getting around by bike, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure they can continue riding into adulthood,” the Lord Mayor said.
The City of Sydney invests in future riders by providing training to thousands of school children and adults each year at the Sydney Park Cycling centre.
The telephone-based biennial National Cycling Participation Survey was conducted in March/April 2017 for the Australian Bicycle Council to track progress towards national cycling targets.
The City of Sydney sample was 204 households containing 378 individuals.
Source: City of Sydney