Fewer of us are cycling – here’s how we can reverse the decline

Mon, 2 Oct 2023 12:06:39 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Rates of cycling are falling in Australia, a national report released today
shows. More people started riding bikes early in the pandemic, but that hasn’t
lasted. The percentages of people who cycle are lower now than in 2011.

Less than one in six Australians report riding a bicycle weekly. Just over one
in three have ridden in the past year.

During the time of pandemic restrictions, when there was less other traffic on
the road, people perhaps felt safer to ride. Creating streets that are less
busy, noisy and easier to ride on and cross safely encourages more people to
cycle and walk.

Most people want to walk and ride more. Two-thirds of people want more
transport funding to go into walking, cycling and public transport.

Even if you’re not interested in riding a bike, you should be worried about
this decline. Walking and cycling are part of the solution to several of the
most pressing issues facing our cities."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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