You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Vic bike reliance to be tested in census

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016 Helen Velissaris

Melburnians will be showing off more lycra on the commute to work, if census trends continue.

Victorians living near Melbourne's CBD were almost four times more likely to cycle to work than the national average, according to the 2011 census.

The rate of people cycling to work has slowly but gradually increased every census since 1996, from just 1 per cent ten years ago to 4 per cent in 2011.

Five years on, census statisticians will be looking to see if the trend continues.

"It is possible that data will show that even more people living in Melbourne are cycling to work" Victorian census director Annette Kelly said.

"The commute that people do to work is often the biggest commute that most people do every day so understanding how people get to and from work is a very important part of planning for transport."

Melbourne City Council used 2011 census statistics to plan for the city's bike infrastructure in their Bicycle Plan 2016-20.

Census data showed them what areas might be in need of bicycle maintenance stations and work out where bike parking should be installed, among other things.

"Using a mixture of different data sets including the 2011 census we also know that over 50 per cent of residents in the City of Melbourne own a bike," Councillor Cathy Oke told AAP.

More than 12,000 people were riding bikes into the city in the morning peak in 2015, or one bike to every six cars, Councillor Oke said.

The council is hoping to increase that to 20,000 by 2020.

They will again use census data to give them an idea of how to achieve that.

"With a new census on the horizon we anticipate that this trend of bike use will continue rising and we look forward to using it as we prepare the city's next Bicycle Plan," Ms Oke said.

Come census day on August 9, people will be asked how they travelled to work that day, and what modes of transport they used.

In 2011, 26.1 per cent of Melburnians travelled to work via public transport, almost the same as those who drove (26.9 per cent).

The first data from the August census will be published in 2017.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon