This publication provides a snapshot indicating the increase in people travelling to work by bicycle at the national, state and capital city level between the 2006 and 2011 census.
The total 2011 mode share for travel to work by bicycle is 1.29%, up from the previous census of 1.24%. However, the number of people travelling to work by bicycle increased by 15% compared to the previous 2006 census.
Nationally, women received positive gains in all states and increased by 31%. Males riding to work by bicycle increased by 11% overall, with some states experiencing a small decline.
States and Territories
The most significant increases for women in Australian states and territories occurred in New South Wales and Victoria (+42%), Western Australia (+41%), Australian Capital Territory (+32%) and Queensland (+19%).
Males also experienced significant growth in most states and territories with increases in Western Australia (+23%), Australian Capital Territory (+20%), New South Wales (+17%), Victoria (+17%) and decreases in Tasmania (-11%) and South Australia (-9%).
Capital cities such as Sydney (+44%), Melbourne (+36%), Perth (37%) and Brisbane (+31%) experienced very strong growth at over 30% for male and females travelling to work by bicycle.
Female riders increased by over 60% in Sydney (+64%), and over 50% in Melbourne (+51%) and Perth (+53%) with strong increases from other states and territories.
Males also experienced strong growth in Sydney (+39%), Melbourne (+31) Perth (34%), Brisbane (29%) and Canberra (+20%), with only one state declining.
Australian Census 2011 Travel to Work by Bicycle | 380Kb PDF