Seasonal variations in cycling

Little information is available about ACT seasonal variations in cycling. It is not as simple as hot or cold, wet or dry. Many will cycle anyway. Most studies are only for a short period. Here is what we do know.

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Canberra cycling by Australian standards: mode share trends

Active travel is walking and cycling and more. The ABS Census includes data on how we get to work and where we live. ChartingTransport.com compares the trends in Australian cities over a long period from 1976 to 2016. Only the graphs for walking and cycling are shown here but more can be found on the ChartingTransport website.

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Where we cycle to from home

The destinations we cycle to, not surprisingly, depends on where we live. The 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey breaks down the trips depending on the “region” of origin (district). The most likely destination is always the same district (locally). Beyond that, the charts below tell the story.

The 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey has been introduced and key facts discussed elsewhere on canberra.bike.

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ACT and Queanbeyan-Palerang Household Travel Survey (ACTQP HTS)

The 2017 travel survey for Canberra from the ACT Government. The survey tells us a great deal about Canberra but the top facts are worth keeping in mind. Here are the top facts for the ACT, Belconnen being the example.

The 2017 ACT and Queanbeyan-Palerang Household Travel Survey (ACTQP HTS) can be found here.

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Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey

The impact of commuting on our health and wellbeing is often underestimated. Commuting times have increased dramatically in Canberra. Cycling and walking are part of active travel and an alternative to passive travel. The lone, sedentary commute in a motor vehicle is still the most common way to get to work for most Canberrans and typically the longest trips in our daily lives.

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Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019

The Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019 is published by Infrastructure Australia to model Australia’s infrastructure needs in the coming decade, and includes transport infrastructure. The Austroads’ Australian Cycling Participation 2019 survey showed that cycling has decreased in the last decade in Austalia. The Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019 predicts this is unlikely to change in the next decade in the ACT.

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Introduction: 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey

The 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey shows that the daily commute is typically one of the longest journeys we make in our daily lives. Schools, shops, doctors and sport are usually in the local area, and then the distance travel is almost always shorter. The 2017 ACT Household Travel Survey gives some insight into where Canberrans work, live and play and how this impacts on their daily lives.

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National Cycling Participation Survey

The National Cycling Participation Survey is unusual for Australia. It is a standardised survey that has been repeated every two years since 2011. Repeating the survey regularly is the only way to find and analyse trends. The survey provides data on cycling participation across Australia and estimates of participation in the ACT, too.

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Cycling participation in Australia declines

Any decline in bike riding participation in Australia is alarming but sadly not entirely surprising. While bike riding across the world is continuously growing, Australia’s participation continues to fall away. Despite very well knowing about all the health and environmental benefits, our governments are reluctant to act.

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