If Canbera is interested in comparing itself with other cities, we should be benchmarking ourselves with the best cycling cities. Europe leads in that regard. The Copenhagenize Index is another index of city ranking. More cities are added each year.
A ranking of the best cities for cycling. Utrecht in the Netherlands tops the list. Rankings are popular for comparing cities for cycling. This one uses a basket model. It depends on how it is done, but the cities in the Netherlands always rank highly.
Cycling is a cultural phenomenon. On a bike, we have a much closer connection to our environment and nature. Safety is a concern for many. In low cycling countries, it may be justified, but there is safety in numbers. The more people experience the joy of cycling, the safer it gets.