Gold Coast wants more cyclists

GOLD Coast City Council wants people to replace car trips with bike rides, but the city may already be on target.

The council has an ambitious plan to get the number of bike trips used in transport up from 1.3% of all transport options in 2006 to 8% in 2031.

It’s part of the Our Transport Future discussion paper out for public comment.  The council also aims to get people using more public transport, from 4.4% in 2006 to 15% in 2031.

The plan is to reduce dependence on cars and to reduce congestion. 

But Bicycling Queensland manager Ben Wilson said the target for bicycle trips could be close to the mark now.

“People actually cycle more than they actually admit in often confusing surveys,”  Mr Wilson said.

“The surveys can be four times underrepresented on the number of cycling trip that people make.”

Mr Wilson said the 2011 National Cycling Participation Survey release last week showed that census data was inaccurate.

That data showed that almost 18% of people used a bike at least one a week in Queensland with about 18% if those using bikes to get to and from work.

“The problem with census data was that it was too ambiguous, and doesn’t look at cyclists habits,” he said.

“Some people ride to work and get a life home, then the next day they get a life to work and then ride home.

“This one way traffic is missed with census data.”

Gold Coast City Council used the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ journey to work census information from 2006 to calculate its targets.  



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