South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


2. Cycling:

Double the number of people cycling in South Australia by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Since the first Australian Cycling Participation Survey in 2011, cycling participation in SA has declined by 20% from 299,000 SA residents cycling in a typical week in 2011 to 239,200 in 2017. The decrease in cycling recorded in SA has been experienced in other states, as well; over the six-year period of the survey, the ACT is the only jurisdiction to record an increase in cycling participation. 

SA cycling participation (14.0% of residents cycling in a typical week) is below the national average (15.5%).

Disaggregated data on cycling participation by South Australian residents shows that in 2017:

• cycling participation was higher amongst residents of regional South Australia (20%) compared to metropolitan Adelaide (12%).

• children had the highest levels of cycling participation, while persons aged 50 years and over had the lowest. Half (50%) of children aged less than 10 years rode each week, compared to 20% of 10–17 year olds, 10% of 18-29 year olds and 4% of those aged 40 and over.

• there was a gender difference in the levels of participation, with men and boys more likely to ride a bicycle (17%) than women and girls (12%).

Lead Agency

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Disaggregated data