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 (89.5%) walk for at least ten minutes outside their home in a typical week. This equates to around 23.69 million people walking every week. On average Australians walk for at least ten minutes on 4.8 days per week, spending a median of 3.5 hours per week walking.
Around 15% of Australians rode a bicycle (including e-bicycles) in the previous week and 36.7% over the previous year. This equates to around 3.97 million Australians riding in a typical week and 9.71 million riding in the past year. Measured over the previous year Victoria and the Northern Territory both have cycling participation rates higher than the national average.
It is estimated that 2.1% 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.