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CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE: 2011 RAC Cycling Survey Results

 

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The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC) has released a summary of its 2011 cycling survey.  Apparently 2, 800 respondents completed the survey and headline conclusion from the RAC is that  “91 per cent of respondents highlighted their fear of sharing the road as one of the major barriers to cycling in Western Australia.” Not a surprising result really.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • 57% of respondents rate Perth’s cycle network as average or below;
  • 31% of respondents say the social acceptability/status of cycling is a barrier to them cycling
  • 35% of respondents believe the government should build more cycle lanes on roads
  • 27% of respondents would like to see more bike/shared paths built

The press release also suggests that 90 per cent of respondents stating that they ride daily or weekly.

A more detailed analysis and breakdown of the survey results would be in helpful in my view.  There is a big difference between those that ride daily versus those that ride weekly.  It would be helpful to get a handle on what is the driving the findings: experienced riders or non-experienced riders for example.  Also there appears to be a disconnect between the headline result and the number claiming to ride daily or weekly.

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