Research & Data

How many people ride bikes in Tasmania? What are the barriers to cycling? Studies & statistics.

Hobart Counts

Cycling South councils have been collecting annual data on the number of riders using various routes around Greater Hobart since 2010. The data helps us to monitor trends and growth in cycling. Click here for more information or to view data.
The next counts will be held on Tuesday 18 March 2014 and we are looking for helpers who can spare a couple of hours from 7am to 9am in the morning.

Studies and reports

Are hills barriers to cycling?
In Switzerland the city of Basel is built on the steep banks of the Rhine and yet 23% of journeys are made by bike. In Bern, where  many roads have a gradient on the steep-o-meter of 7%, the percentage of people  cycling is 15%. Trondheim (Norway), where slopes with more   than 5 %  gradient are long and numerous, has reached a cycling rate of 8   %  and has  equipped itself with the first bicycle lifts in the world. In  reality, there are not many situations which preclude the  use  of a bicycle.  The  only  climatic features which have a really dissuasive  influence on  cyclists are  pouring rain or blistering heat. Appropriate clothing and suitable  infrastructure on arrival greatly reduce the negative impact of atmospheric conditions. As for the flat countries like the Netherlands and Denmark...   people never mention the wind. Try riding to work in a storm, with hurricane strength gusts in the middle of a dark winter morning. 
Public Health and Urban Transport
A   presentation by Prof. John Pucher of University of Sydney and Rutgers    University  given at a Connect Cycling conference in Melbourne in 2006.
Click here to download presentation.
The Urban Speed Paradox - Paul Tranter
An article from Dissent Magazine (Spring 2011) on  time pressures, cars and  health which looks at whether fast cars and fast roads  actually make us more  time poor by increasing the distances we travel. Download  presentation.
Bicycle Victoria survey - June  2006 Bicycle Victoria carried out a survey of 217 people which was emailed to Bicycle Victoria members. Survey respondents were asked to rank the following 4 projects in order of importance. The results show the percentage of respondents who chose each project as the most important.
  1. Sandy Bay Rd bike lanes (40%)
  2. Tasman Bridge access (39%)
  3. Round the River Route (24%)
  4. Battery Point Promenade (11%)
Respondents were also asked to comment on additional projects they would like to see carried out. The results were:
Rivulet Track gaps and surface improvement 3
CBD bike lanes 17
Elizabeth St / Main Rd bike lanes 13
Sandy Bay Rd bike lanes & Bonnet Hill 17
Macquarie & Davey Sts bike lanes 17
Bike route to Fern Tree 6
Augusta Rd bike lanes 6
Argyle and Campbell St bike lanes 2
East-West connections to Cycleway 7
Cycleway extension to Granton 6
Cambridge to Richmond route upgrade 6
Clarence St, Bellerive 2
Tasman Bridge access improvements 15
Granton/Bridgewater to New Norfolk route 4
Southern Outlet bike lanes 4
East Derwent Hwy sealed shoulders 2
South Arm Rd – Howrah to Lauderdale 6
Tasman Hwy 5
Bridgewater Bridge 2
MTB Trails on Mt Wellington 5
Other projects    identified:
Share the Road campaign 21
Road Maintenance 5
Bikes on buses 4
Bike parking 7
Cycling Deaths and  Injury Statistics The table shows cyclists crashes in Tasmania.    Data  provided by Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources.
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 (to  June)
Fatal 1 0 0 2 1 1
Serious 14 9 14 11 16 5
Minor 36 46 45 36 46 29
First    Aid 15 19 18 18 15 9
No    injury 27 32 33 29 19 11
Not    known 10 6 13 6 8 5
TOTAL 103 112 123 102 105 60
Fatal:  died within 30 days of crash Serious: Admitted to hospital for 24 hours or    more Minor: Treated at hospital but not detained
Bicycle    Useage
The Australian Sports Committsion carries out the Exercise, Recreation and   Sports Survey (ERASS) to collect information on frequency and type of    activities  carried out for exercise, recreation and sport by people aged over    15  years.
In the most recent 2003 study, cycling rated highly being in the top 4  most popular activities in Australia, although more males than females    participate. The number of males cycling in Tasmania is comparable to mainland    states but the number of women cycling in Tasmania is below average, with only    NSW having less percentage of women cycling.
% Particiaption  rate Males Females
Tasmania 13.8 % 5.8    %
Victoria 13.3 % 7.5 %
New South Wales 11.4 % 4.2 %
ACT 21.3 % 13.3 %
Queensland 11.2 % 7.5 %
Northern Territory 18.8 % 13.7 %
Western Australia 12.9 % 9.1 %
South Australia 13.6 % 6.0    %
In 2004-05, 34% of Tasmanians aged 18 years and over did not exercise (Australian Bureau of Statitics:
AAMI  survey of driver attitudes towards cyclists Feb 08. AAMI surveyed    2380 drivers around Australia on their attitudes towards cyclists. The research   suggests drivers are aware of the increased presence of cyclists on our roads.   However, the fact that 62 per cent of Tasmanian drivers surveyed find cyclists   to be a road hazard shows some drivers still have much to learn about sharing    the road. Despite more than eight in 10 Tasmanian drivers (82 per cent)    thinking  roads are dangerous, 65 per cent think they can do more to make roads   safer for  cyclists, and 83 per cent would like to see better facilities for    cyclists. This  shows drivers are obviously aware of the vulnerability of cyclists on increasingly congested roads.
The challenge for drivers is to convert this awareness into meaningful action to help make the roads safer for cyclists. Drivers need to exercise patience and give cyclists appropriate clearance when passing them,    and  look out for them before opening car doors, when turning, and when   entering  roundabouts and intersections. Click here to view a copy of the media  release.

Tasman Bridge Cycle Crash Survey Although  there is much anecdotal evidence of bike crashes on the Tasman Bridge, there is  no forum for recording data on the type of crash, severety or location. Bicycle  Tasmania is conducting a survey to gather crash information to assist with  efforts to improve the safety and convenience of the shared pathways on the    Bridge for both cyclists and pedestrians. If you have had a crash on the bridge   (even if it was several years ago) please complete the survey. See Crash Survey

Bicycle Parking  survey Thanks to everyone who filled in the Bicycle Parking Survey.   The following locations were identified as lacking suitable bike parking. -   Elizabeth St, North Hobart - Macquarie St (outside town hall) -   Royal    Hobart Hospital - Salamanca - Hobart State Library - Hobart   TAFE    college - Lenah Valley Rd shopping centre - Hobart CBF - South   Hobart   shops - Battery Point shops - Lipscombe Larder, Sandy Bay -    Coles/K-Mart New Town - Channel Court shopping centre, Kingston