Australia is home to the world’s biggest bicycle industry and, as with other big economies, the bicycle is the backbone of the economy.
It has seen a remarkable rise in popularity over the past decade, and the Australian Bicycle Association estimates that there are more than 1.3 million bikes in Australia.
But a study of the industry’s performance in recent years found that the average cyclist spends just a tenth of what it costs a conventional car to maintain a typical bicycle.
The study, conducted by the Centre for Research on Transportation, Mobility and the Environment, found that for the past five years, the average cost per kilometre of bike maintenance in Australia had risen by just under $20, compared with $25 in the US.
The researchers estimate that this compares with a total average of $100 per kilometer in the USA.
They estimate that the difference in cost between the two countries has been driven largely by a lower cost of maintaining the same number of bikes in each jurisdiction, a result that they attribute to the cost of maintenance.
The US is also home to a larger and more profitable bicycle industry than Australia.
In 2011, for instance, there were more than 2.5 million bicycles in the United States, but there were just 2.6 million in Australia, a difference of more than $1 billion.
The Australian Bicycle Institute estimates that in 2010, there was an average annual cost of $1.35 per kilometne for bicycle maintenance in the two jurisdictions, compared to just $1 in the UK.
While the cost per bicycle in the other countries is higher, it is still relatively low compared to the costs in the U.S. And it has been largely driven by a relatively small number of large, industrial hubs, with only a few hundred of the continent’s largest manufacturing centres and an even smaller number of smaller hubs.
It is estimated that the U, U.K., and France each spent just $0.15 per kilomet.
The cost per bike maintenance has been much lower in the smaller centres, where maintenance is relatively small, said Chris Smith, executive director of the Australian Bicycling Association.
But he said it is important to look beyond the cost to consider the long-term effects of bicycle use.
Smith said it was important to remember that bicycle maintenance is a key part of a long-standing cycling infrastructure network.
He said it also made sense to look at the costs of infrastructure, which include roads, bike lanes, traffic signals, lighting, and parking.
“If you’re using a bike for commuting and not a car, then you need to pay attention to the overall infrastructure costs,” he said.
The University of Western Australia found that an average Australian spends $30,000 per year on bike maintenance, compared the average in the world.
The association estimated that maintenance costs are roughly 30 per cent higher in the developed world, where it found that a cyclist spends about $9,000 on maintenance.
And in the developing world, the rate is lower.
However, it said that there were no clear figures for the cost in the rest of the world, or how much of the cost was in the form of lost productivity.
The institute said that the study found that cyclists in Australia have to pay a small price for being part of the infrastructure that supports cycling, and that this cost was offset by higher costs for maintenance.
It said that although it was clear that cycling had been growing rapidly in Australia for many years, that this was still a relatively low level of cycling.
The report noted that bicycle safety was not always a top priority.
The bicycle industry is one of the largest employers in the country, with more than 8,000 people working on its behalf.
It also contributes to the nation’s economy, with $12 billion in annual economic activity and $6.7 billion in taxes collected by the Australian Tax Office.
But, as the association noted, the industry has had a mixed history in Australia and the costs to the environment, the health system, and public health have been high.
“The environmental cost is particularly high in Australia due to a number of factors including overuse of pesticides, poor recycling practices, and inadequate infrastructure,” the report said.