Nov 142013
 

IMG_5346_2BikesCount report for Tuesday 29th October, 2013

22 spotters counted cyclists for 2 hours from 7am till 9am. Weather: cloudy but dry morning, although the forecast was for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Total cyclists 1810 , of whom 19.4% were female. We counted parent-child pairs, as they are an indication of cycleway safety. 17 pairs were recorded, down from 27 last October.

Location Tues Oct 2013 Tues Oct 2012 Tues Mar12 Tues Oct 11 rain TueMar2011  
Route 6            
Honeysuckle Dve, west 122 (late*) 165 202 152 195  
Route 6, Hannel St   127 138 90 109  
Route 6, TAFE 128 113 110 81 110  
Route 6, Waratah Stn 72 79 65 39 68  
Route 6, Maud St 57 57 57 39 47  
Moore St near Regal     47 17 47  
East west            
Jesmond Park/JHH 71 66   50    
Howe St-Croudace Rd            
Turton Rd/ Sports centre 104 103 111      
Showground, Markets.            
Beaumont St/ Donald St 105 XXX 115 79 105  
King St /Markettown 91 85 89 61    
Civic Park corner 95 92 109 57 96  
Coastal Cycleway            
Fernleigh /Kalaroo Rd 115 144   94    
Fernleigh Track/Dibbs St 185 205 175 125 159  
Glebe Rd/ Teralba Rd 117 119 112 92 108  
Dumeresq / Gordon Ave 92 86 81      
Parkway / Union St   96 104 59 95  
Stockton Wharf   33   21    
             
Mackie Ave/St James Rd 95 103 97 78 93  
Dixon Park/ bathers way       23    
Bathers Way/BarBch 29          
North South / Kotara 42 XXX 36 27 50  
Glebe Rd/ Gordon Ave 44 49   50 40  
Industrial Dve/Tourle St   42 23 26  
Industrial Dve, William St          
Queens wharf   165      
Booragul/ 5 Islands     28    
Wheeler Pl / Merwether st 119          
Bank Corner 98          
Bar Beach- Bathers Way 29          
Wallsend-Glendale-nth 9        
Glendale (sth end) 14 (1 hour)          
Morissett. Acacia 15          

*Counted on 5th November

Comparing like with like, the 12 sites that were counted in October 2012 and 13 showed a decrease from 1332 to 1253, a decline of 6%.

For the first time we counted in 3 time slots, 7 till 7:30 / 7:30 to 8:30 and 8:30 till 9am. Across all sites together, the proportion of cyclists seen during these times were 23.6%, 53.1% and 23.3%. The locations that varied from this pattern were the CBD locations with 10-15% in the first half hour, and the Fernleigh Track spots with 35-40% of the cyclists seen in the first half hour.

Of note is the count at Glendale for the first time, a 1 hour count from 7:30 to 8:30. Fourteen cyclists were seen, of whom 10 used the Glendale-Wallsend track. In the same hour 87 people travelled the Fernleigh track. Glendale –Wallsend is not highly used, and many people do not know it is there. Last October we counted the north end and saw 9 cyclists in 2 hours.

We counted two locations on Hunter St, in view of the proposed cycle lanes. At Wheeler Place 71 people made some of their journey on Hunter St, and at Bank Corner 67.

It is great to see more people using cycleways,a sign that more cycleways means more people commuting on bikes.

Jun 062013
 
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Photo credit: Vicki Coughlan

Location Sunday May 2012 Sunday May 2013    
Route 6        
Honeysuckle Dve, west end 175 220 126%
Route 6, Hannel St 137 189 138%
Route 6, TAFE 113 100 88% Note:1 hr x2
Route 6, Wartah Stn 46
Route 6, Maud St
Moore St near Regal cinema
East west        
Jesmond Park/JHH
Howe St-Croudace Rd 32
Turton Rd/ Sports centre 66 79 120%
Showground, Markets. 82
Beaumont St/ Donald St 86
King St /Markettown 72 69 96%
Civic Park corner 91 80 88%
Coastal Cycleway        
Fernleigh /Kalaroo Rd 198 285 144%
Fernleigh Track/Dibbs St 224 257 115%
Glebe Rd/ Teralba Rd 114
Parkway / Union St 58
Stockton Wharf
Mackie Ave/St James Rd 68 88 129%
Dixon Park/ bathers way
North South / Kotara 28
Glebe Rd/ Gordon Ave
Industrial Dv-Maitland Rd 47
Industrial Dve/Tourle St
Industrial Dve, William St 68 65 96%
Queens wharf 148 148
Booragul/ 5 Islands
Glenrock/ Gunclub Rd 100
Nobbys Breakwater 72

 

BikesCount report for Sunday 26th May 2013

 

Twelve spotters counted cyclists for 2 hours from 8am till 10am, on a bright but cold morning. Total cyclists 1577 , of whom 18% were female. This is a lower proportion of females than last year, (26%). We also counted parent child pairs: 34 =2.2%

Total for comparison, same sites 1360 vs 1580 = 16.2% increase. There is a trend of increasing numbers on the best tracks ie Fernleigh Track and Throsby Creek and mixed results elsewhere. This could also be because lower numbers are more prone to random fluctuation.  At this rate cycling will double every 4.5 years.

The number of cyclists on the Fernleigh and Throsby Creek tracks just keeps going up, with more patchy results elsewhere. We believe this is because many new people will cycle where they feel safe, and that the best place to build cycleways to get high use would be where they connect to and extend one of these popular existing routes.

We will do another count on a Tuesday in October, and will have to recruit some new counters to keep the coverage up.