A new paper by John Pucher, Jan Garrard and Stephen Greaves titled, Cycling Down Under: A Comparative Analysis of Bicycling Trends and Policies in Sydney and Melbourne is now available in PDF format.
Melbourne fared much better than Sydney in the report, with double the bike mode share, better integrated bicycling infrastructure, and more extensive bicycling programs, advocacy, and promotional events.
The researchers found Sydney to be unusually bike-un-friendly, with Pucher quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying, “Whether I was a pedestrian or cyclist I found the level of the hostility of Sydney motorists worse than I had seen anywhere in the world.”
Considering the above, it’s not surprising that the researchers found bicycles are predominately used for sport in Sydney, whereas they’re generally used for a wider range of purposes in Melbourne.
The paper is to be published in the Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 18, 2010.