Using research and data in decision making

Research and data help us understand who, how, why and where people are riding. This information is valuable to ensure our investments are having the maximum impact in the places they are needed most. We will use research and data as the basis of decision-making and investment in cycling infrastructure, programs and education.

New technologies are providing more opportunities than ever to collect and analyse data about who, how, why and where people ride. Research, tracking and reporting will help ensure the investments we make in cycling infrastructure and programs have positive impacts on our wellbeing and prosperity.

We will improve research and data collection across two key action areas:

Understanding cycling through research

We will use research to better understand the opportunities and challenges for cycling in Queensland. Over the next two years we will focus on the following actions.

Actions 2017-2019
Deliver a five-year program of cycling research, in collaboration with the Queensland academic sector, which includes research into state-of-art technology, state-of-practice and other opportunities and challenges for cycling.
Hold an innovation challenge to seek smart, innovative and low cost solutions to grow cycling across Queensland.
Collecting and sharing data

We will collect, share and use data to improve cycling and promote cycling innovation in Queensland. Over the next two years we will focus on the following actions.

Actions 2017-2019
Deliver a rolling program to measure cycling participation and behaviour in select local government areas across the state, including undertaking surveys and counts and installing new counters in priority areas. This will help us to monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of investments in the principal cycle network.
Investigate options to integrate cost-benefit analysis methodologies and tools for active transport into transport project assessment and prioritisation to capture the economic benefits of cycling infrastructure as part of other projects.
Publish a summary of the program and project level cost-benefit analysis of active transport infrastructure to support and strengthen the use of this analysis in decision making.
Investigate the collection and publishing of mapping data of cycling infrastructure located on principal cycle network to help integrate cycling into journey planning.
Investigate options to create an online cycle portal that will help to improve access to the latest research findings, technical guidance, cycling data and other resources to support transfer of knowledge on cycling related issues.
Investigate the collection of injury and incident data relating to cyclists to understand how data sources can better work together to improve analysis of serious injury road crash data.

Continue exploring our priorities for cycling in Queensland

Measuring progress 

Data will enable us to track our progress in embedding cycling into Queensland’s transport system, culture, communities and economy.

Queensland Cycling Strategy suite

Cycling Action Plan 2017-2019

Our actions for the next two years

State of Cycling Report 2017

Monitoring our progress every two years