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Cover of Australian Cycling Participation 2019
Australian Cycling Participation 2019
  • Publication no: AP-C91-19
  • ISBN: 978-1-925854-18-3
  • Published: 19 September 2019

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 city areas within each state and territory.

The cycling participation rate across Australia is measured over the previous week, month and year. Measured over the previous week the cycling participation rate has declined from 15.5% in 2017 (95% CI: 14.4% – 16.7%), to 13.8% (95% CI: 12.8% - 14.8%) in 2019. This decline is statistically significant and appears to be consistent with the trend since the survey was first conducted in 2011. The decline measured over the previous week is however not reflected in similar changes over the past month and year.

Notwithstanding the decline in cycling participation, the cycling participation rate is very high for physical activity participation, and in absolute numbers the survey estimates there are around 3.43 million Australians riding in a typical week and 8.39 million in the past year. This makes cycling one of the most common forms of physical activity.

Survey Reports

National [3.2 MB PDF]

Australian Capital Territory [3.6 MB PDF]

New South Wales [3.2 MB PDF]

Northern Territory [3.0 MB PDF]

Queensland [2.2 MB PDF]

South Australia [2.6 MB PDF]

Tasmania [2.6 MB PDF]

Victoria [3.1 MB PDF]

Western Australia [3.3 MB PDF]


National [378 KB PDF]

Australian Capital Territory [377 KB PDF]

New South Wales [414 KB PDF]

Northern Territory [435 KB PDF]

Queensland [410 KB PDF]

South Australia [387 KB PDF]

Tasmania [405 KB PDF]

Victoria [412 KB PDF]

Western Australia [445 KB PDF]

Data files

National Cycling Participation Survey Data 2011-2019 [34.4 MB zipped folder]