Australian cyclist numbers

percentage commuters cycling to work

percentage population cycling to work


2011 Census Travel to Work

australian cycle travel to work 2011


2006 Census Travel to Work

australian cycle travel to work 2006


2001 Census Travel to Work

australian cycle travel to work 2001


1996 Census Travel to Work

australian cycle travel to work 1996


1991 Census Travel to Work

australian cycle travel to work 1991


1981 and 1986 Census Travel to Work

australian cycle travel to work 1980s


1976 Census Travel to Work

australian cycle travel to work 1976

Note: 1976 Census Travel Travel to Work above is multi rather than single mode journeys and differs from the single mode estimates and ratios (based on 1981 state data) in the charts at the top of this page.


The Census cycling data above can be compared as a proportion of Australia's total population from 1976 to 2011:


1976 - 53,997 (population 14,033,083) / 0.38%
1981 - 76,851 (population 14,923,260) / 0.51%
1986 - 86,201 (population 16,081,350) / 0.54%
1991 - 92,500 (population 17,284,036) / 0.54%
Helmet laws introduced 1990-1992
1996 - 74,451 (population 18,310,714) / 0.41%
2001 - 78,210 (population 19,413,240) / 0.40%
2006 - 90,115 (population 20,697,880) / 0.44%
2011 - 103,913 (population 22,323,933) / 0.50%


Australia's total population grew 59% from 1976 to 2011. Australia's population increased 38.8% from 1986 to 2011 and cycling to work increased 20.5%. Australia's population increased 29.2% from 1991 to 2011 and cycling to work increased 12.3%.

A more realistic comparison can be made with population demographics old enough or capable enough to have a job or to cycle to work:


1976 - 53,997 (pop 15-70 - 9,539,603) / 0.57%
1981 - 76,851 (pop 15-70 - 10,374,073) / 0.74%
1986 - 86,201 (pop 15-70 - 11,309,541) / 0.76%
1991 - 92,500 (pop 15-70 - 12,343,233) / 0.75%
1996 - 74,451 (pop 15-70 - 13,020,185) / 0.57%
2001 - 78,210 (pop 15-70 - 13,808,744) / 0.57%
2006 - 90,115 (pop 15-70 - 15,157,718) / 0.59%
2011 - 103,913 (pop 15-70 - 16,145,325) / 0.64%


Australia's population aged 15-70 increased 69.2% from 1976 to 2011. Australia's population aged 15-70 increased 42.8% from 1986 to 2011 and cycling to work increased 20.5%. Australia's population aged 15-70 increased 30.8% from 1991 to 2011 and cycling to work increased 12.3%.




Data below from Day to Day Travel in Australia 1985/1986 (p18, 19)

day to day cycling australia


day to day cycling australia




Data below from Cycling Down Under: A Comparative Analysis of Bicycling Trends and Policies in Sydney and Melbourne

bicycle use in australia




Data below from the 2008/09 Sydney Household Travel Survey (p26)

sydney bicycle use




Data below from Trends in Australian children traveling to school 1971-2003: burning petrol or carbohydrates? (final page)

australian cycling to school




Data below from ABS CensusAtSchool Australia 2010: Percentage of students using each method of travel by state/territory

student travel




Data below from ABS Participation in Sport and Physical Activities 1997-98 - (p16)

cycling frequency in australia




Data below from Cycling in Sydney: Bicycle Ownership and Use

sydney bicycle ownership




Data below from ABS bulletin: Environmental issues: people's views and practices (p67 and p70)

transport in australia


transport in australia




Data below from Australian Bicycle Council

austroads cycling




Data below from ABS bulletin Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview. Australia (p19)

austats cycling




Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Law in Western Australia

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