Perth’s love of |cycling growing

A survey by the Australian Bicycle Council has revealed WA has an estimated 591,000 people who pedal at least once a week, up from 405,000 people in 2013.

One of the founders of the Armadale cycling club, Geoff Gilmore, said new members were coming to ride every month.

�In the Armadale area, we are picking up one to two new riders every three to four weeks in the group,� he said.

�The number of competitive cyclists in Perth has increased and so has the number of people doing group rides.

�We have one of the best range of cycling terrain in the country with the hills and the flats around the river.

�Because we are such a spread-out city, people can choose to ride 10km or 100km.�

Bicycling Western Australia chief executive officer Jeremy Murray said he hoped to see more than a million West Australians cycling at least once a week by 2020.

�The survey results prove that the government�s ongoing investment in cycling facilities is paying dividends,� he said.

�We believe that bike riding should be a part of everyday life for as many people as possible.

�Everyone benefits when we get more people riding, even if you choose not to ride.

�More bike riders means less congestion, a cleaner environment and healthier, more liveable communities.�

In WA, 43.3 per cent of people cycled in the past year, with only the Northern Territory and the ACT having a higher percentage.

Of the other states, 35.9 per cent of Victorians rode in the past year, while South Australia, which hosts the country�s biggest bike race, the Tour Down Under, was last with 33 per cent.