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The 2021 Australian Cycling Economy Report

Above: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg launching the 2021 Australian Cycling Economy Report by EY in Parliament House Canberra. The 2023 Report will be launched in Parliament on 15 November 2023.

The 2023 WeRide Australian Cycling Economy Report by EY

In an Australian first, the 2021 report spearheaded by We Ride Australia found that cycling’s direct industry output as part of the Australian economy was $6.3 billion in 2020, which included $3.4 billion direct value added to Australia’s GDP, supporting 34,295 FTE jobs.

Following the success of the landmark 2021 Report, WeRide will launch the second Australian Cycling Economy Report with a vastly expanded scope on 15th November, 2023 in Parliament House Canberra.

The 2023 Report will for the first time assess the wider environmental, health and congestion benefits of cycling, take a deep dive into cycle tourism state by state/territory and conduct the first ever assessment of micromobility in the country.

WeRide believes the report will once again provide a foundation for cycling as a key mode for passenger transport in this country, for the economic benefits in our regions through cycle tourism and for the many wider benefits that more Australians riding a bike contribute nationally.

Tickets to the Gala Awards Dinner at which the Report will be launched will be advertised by WeRide in coming weeks on this website and via its social media channels and direct emails.

Please contact us on yes@weride.org.au for more information.

The 2021 WeRide Australian Cycling Economy Report by EY

The first-ever WeRide Australian Cycling Economy Report by EY was launched by the Australian Treasurer, The Hon Josh Frydenberg, MP, with Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Stephen Jones MP, at an online event on Wednesday the 20th of October at 7am.

Above: L-R Dr Hon. Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Asst Treasurer Stephen Jones MP, Treasurer Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Dave Sharma MP, Dr Helen Haines MP, Stephen Hodge.

Watch the launch

If you missed the launch, you can watch it through the links below


Above: the launch of the WeRide Australian Cycling Economy Report by EY was headlined by Osher Günsberg, who did a fabulous job of bringing corporate Australia, the bicycle sector and Parliament together to acknowledge the $6.3 billion contribution of the cycling sector to the nation’s economic life.

Launching the report

The Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP

The Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Stephen Jones MP

The Parliamentary Friends of Cycling Co-chairs

  • Member for Indi – Dr Helen Haines
  • Member for Fenner – The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP
  • Member for Wentworth – Mr Dave Sharma MP
Dr Helen Haines MP, Dr Hon. Andrew Leigh MP and Dave Sharma MP

Above: Our Parliamentary Friends of Cycling Co-Chairs are champions for cycling in Parliament. Here Dr Helen Haines MP addresses the launch of the WeRide Australian Cycling Economy Report by EY with Dr Andrew Leigh and Dave Sharma.

Industry leaders

  • CEO of Auscycling – Ms Marne Fechner
  • CEO of Salesforce Australia – Ms Pip Marlow
  • CEO of Westpac – Mr Peter King
  • CEO of Bunnings – Mr Mike Schneider
  • CEO of EY Oceania – Mr David Larocca


  • Osher Gunsberg

Above: Osher Günsberg was the perfect host for the Australian Cycling Economy Report broadcast and launch by the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.

Key facts from WeRide’s Australian Cycling Economy Report

More key findings:

  • Governments spent more than $428 million on cycling-related infrastructure and programs.
  • A total of $16.8 billion in direct and indirect economic contribution was identified, supporting 60,330 direct and indirect jobs nationally.
  • 5.8 million (29 percent) of Australian adults spent money on cycling related goods and services.
  • 3.3 million Australians spent money on cycling and cycled at least once a week
  • For all people who spent money on cycling, they spent an average of $990 each
  • The majority of buyers had household incomes ranging from $50,000 – $150,000 per annum.
  • 28 per cent of bicycles purchased were children’s bikes.
  • 1.7 million bikes purchased in 2020, worth approximately $1.5 billion.
  • $1.168 billion contribution from cycle tourism to the direct economic output
  • While exercise and fitness were the most common reasons to ride a bike (82 per cent), 41 per cent of those surveyed cycled as a mode of transport – whether it was for work, school or to the shops.

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