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"Where have all the bicycles gone?" Are bicycle sales in Australia translated into health-enhancing levels of bicycle usage?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22001075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore whether the reported increase in bicycle sales in Australia is corroborated by increases in numbers of cyclists.
METHODS: Australian representative data on cycling from annual Exercise, Recreation and Sport Surveys (ERASS) from 2001 to 2008 were used. Based on the weighted proportion of cyclists and 'regular cyclists' each year, the number of 'new' riders each year was calculated. Generous assumptions about the number of new bicycle purchased by new riders plus replacement bicycles by regular riders were compared with industry sales figures.
RESULTS: Any cycling increased from 9.5% of all adults in 2001 to 11.6% in 2008, an increase of 2.1% [95% CI: 1.14 to 2.76]. This 2.1% represents an overall increase in cyclists of around 343,552 (95% CI from 186,500 to 441,710 new cyclists). The difference between the estimated number bought and the actual industry total average number of bicycles sold (n=753,843 per annum) numbered at least 395,000 unused adult bicycles sold each year after sensitivity analyses.
CONCLUSIONS: There appear to be many more bicycles sold in Australia than are used. Further improvements may be needed in the cycling environment before a possible latent desire for cycling translates to participation.
Adrian Bauman; Dafna Merom; Chris Rissel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-10-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1096-0260     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-06     Completed Date:  2012-06-05     Revised Date:  2012-06-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, 2006 NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Bicycling / economics,  statistics & numerical data*
Confidence Intervals
Health Behavior*
Health Promotion / methods*
Health Surveys
Motor Activity*
Social Marketing
Sports Equipment / economics,  statistics & numerical data*
Statistics as Topic
Comment In:
Prev Med. 2012 Feb;54(2):148-9   [PMID:  22198620 ]

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