This doesn't surprise me at all . Australian Census snubs riders Riders left on the fence again The 2011 Australian Census snubbed motorcycles, causing outrage among riders, yet the new 2016 Census questionnaire is virtually unchanged and still snubs motorcycles. On Census Night, August 9, 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will count close to 10 million dwellings and about 24 million people in Australia. However, the information will totally neglect motorcycles and scooters which will mean we are not included in a wide range of decisions, government policies and infrastructure planning that is based on these important figures. This also happened in 2011 when Question 54 asked how many registered motor vehicles, owned or used by the household were garaged or parked nearby, but did not include motorcycles and scooters. That is despite the fact that motorcycles are the fastest-growing form of transport. Motorcycle registrations have increased by 22.3% in the past five years, or 4.3% annually, according to the ABS Motor Vehicle Census. While the ABS is moving with the times and will for the first time allow the form to be filled out online (they expect 80% to do it that way), they have chosen to ignore their own figures and excluded motorcycles and scooters from the survey, according to our sources. Australian Motorcycle Council secretary, VicRoads Motorcycle Advisory Group member and Ulysses National Road Safety Committee member Tony Ellis says he’s not surprised. “We’ve been trying to get motorcycles counted for many years. We have correspondence about this going back over 10 years. I remember a long telephone conversation with the responsible person at ABS back in 2002 about this,” he says. “We keep getting told that the ABS is under-resourced and they can’t add any more questions.” Ride to work on Census day? In fact, the motorcycle question was included in 2001 and deleted in 2006 and subsequently left out in 2011. Tony sarcastically suggests motorcycle riders take their bike to work on census day so it is included as their means of transport. “Of course we’d never suggest that riders lie about their means of transport,” he says with a wink. “And we really couldn’t countenance that people email the ABS Executive officer at firstname.lastname@example.org to complain about this omission and the fact that without realistic figures it makes research and planning very difficult.” Motorcycle Riders’ Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says the MRAQ is “extremely disappointed”. MRAQ president Chris Mearns “With the number of registered motorcycles Australia wide now rapidly approaching one million and having the largest percentage increase of any vehicle group year on year for a considerable period, to miss the opportunity to include this vehicle class in the Census can only be viewed as a major flaw. It is critical for better infrastructure planning and design to ensure that a good understanding of the total road use fleet be gained. The lack of inclusion of two-wheel-powered vehicles in many planning information sources needs to to addressed. The lack of good statistical data on this class of vehicle continually hinders attempts at informed debate in matters pertaining to it and hence often leads to both ignorance of issues that need to be addressed and on occasions the group being completely ignored,” he says.