The National Walking and Cycling Participation Survey provides insight into walking and cycling
activity across Australia and is a successor to the National Cycling Participation Survey which was
conducted biennially from 2011 to 2019.
The vast majority of Australians (96.7%) walk for at least five minutes in a typical week outside their home. This equates to around 24.47 million people walking every week. On average Australians walk for at least five minutes on 5.3 days, spending a median of 3.5 hours per week walking.
Around 18.2% of Australians rode a bicycle (including e-bicycles) in the previous week and 40.3%
over the previous year. This equates to around 4.62 million Australians riding in a typical week and 10.19 million riding in the past year. Measured over the previous year the Northern Territory, Western Australia and the
Australian Capital Territory all have cycling participation rates significantly higher than the national
It is estimated that 1.5% of the Australian population ride an electrically assisted rideable such as an e-scooter, e-skateboard or Segway in a typical week.
CWANZ would like to acknowledge the assistance of Austroads, who managed the survey from 2011-2019 and developed the methodology with CDM Research.
PDF versions of the reports are available at the links below (open in new window):
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
The National Cycling Participation Survey reports from 2011-2019 are available from the Austroads website.