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CYCLING PARTICIPATION GROWS BY CLOSE TO 50% IN JUST TWO YEARS

Cycling in Western Australia has grown by almost 50% over the last 2 years, leading the country in growth rates with an estimate 591,000 people riding a bike at least once a week, according to 2015 National Cycling Participation Survey released today. The survey, by the Australia Bicycle Council, measures the level of bike riding across the nation and WA has once again made its claim as the Cycling Capital of Australia. Only the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory have higher rates.

“Increasing the number of Western Australian’s riding to 1,000,000 by 2020 is one of the key strategic pillars that WestCycle and our member organisations identified in our shared strategic plan – ‘Our Bike Path’. The increase since 2013 of 405,000 people to 591,000 people in 2015 is an indication that we are on the right path”, says WestCycle CEO, Matt Fulton.

“The Governments increased focus on Cycling as a form of transport is clearly making a significant impact on the uptake of cycling as a regular activity and the recent announcement from Minister Dean Nalder for a further $3 million investment into cycling infrastructure demonstration projects will help ensure these growths rates are maintained”

WestCycle, on behalf of our 26 member organisations and the general cycling community continue to work with Government departments to improve the cycling landscape in Western Australia to encourage more people to cycle in a safer environment.

“43.3% of people have ridden a bike in the last year and 23% in the last week, which when put up against the national average of 36.3% and 17.4% respectively shows that Western Australia is the cycling capital of Australia” says Mr
Fulton

Statistics of note are below:

2013 2015 Growth
Weekly Participation – WA 18.2% 23% 26.4%
Annual Participation – WA 41.3% 43.3% 4.8%
Weekly Participation – WA 405,000 591,000 45.9%
Weekly Male Participation – WA 22.3% 26% 16.6%
Weekly Female Participation – WA 14% 20% 42.9%
Household access to atleast one bike – WA 61% 62% 1.6%
Weekly Participation – National 16.6% 17.4% 4.8%
Annual Participation – National 37.4% 36.3% -2.9%
Full details of the results are available from the Australian Bicycle Council website: www.bicyclecouncil.com.au

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