We can finally share the cycling research Auckland Transport did a few months back, interviewing Aucklanders – both cyclists and non-cyclists – about their attitudes on cycling. The survey covered over 1,000 respondents, among them about 300 at least “occasional” cyclists (several times a year or more) and within that group, 100 “regular” cyclists (at least once a week or more).
The results are highly interesting. Here are a few bits and pieces at random:
- Among “regular” cyclists, only 24% are female. Among all at least “occasional” cyclists, this rises to 37%, while in the full sample, females are 52% (unsurprisingly).
- Maori were somewhat, and Indian-ethnic people substantially overrepresented among the regular cyclists compared to the total sample.
- 64% of respondents never cycle. Not even “once a year or so” – whereas 2% of the respondents cycled 5 times a week or more.
- 66% of the total sample noted that they didn’t feel confident cycling in Auckland – interestingly, even among the “regular cyclists”, 41% still did not feel confident riding in Auckland. A sad state of affairs, and probably the key psychological reason why “selling” cycling will fail until we get better conditions.
- This is also supported by the next results – once you drill down WHY people don’t feel confident, “Danger” and “Heavy traffic” lead the list, followed by “Bad drivers” and “Bad road design”. “Lack of confidence” / “Health issues” run much lower.