The National Cycling Participation Survey (NCPS) is a standardised survey that has been repeated biennially since March/April 2011, with minor changes to the survey structure between 2011 and 2013. The NCPS provides data on cycling participation at a national level and allows for estimates of participation for each state and territory, and the capital cities and non-capital areas within each state and territory.
The 2017 survey suggests that around 15% of Australians ride a bicycle in a typical week. More than a third had done so in the past year. This equates to around 3.74 million Australians riding in a typical week, and 8.23 million doing so over a year.
Measured over the previous week the cycling participation rate has declined from 18.2% in 2011 to 15.5% in 2017. The decline measured over the previous week is mirrored when measured over the past month and year. The general downward trend appears to be supported by the survey results from 2013 and 2015.
The next survey is due to be undertaken in March/April 2019.