BikesCount

 

NEWS: Next count is on Tuesday 28th October 2014, 7am till 9 am. We need more counters, so join in. Details below.

old NEWS:  BikesCount report has been posted: Sunday 6th May 2012.

In our lobbying for better conditions for people riding bikes it helps a lot to have accurate and detailed statistics on bicycle use. Official figures are available only from the census every 5 years, or the NSW household travel survey every 3 years, so NCM is keen to generate better bicycle use data. We have supported the “Super Tuesday” count organised by BicycleVictoria, and organised a count of our own. Super Tuesday is a service offered by BikeVic to councils all around Australia in which local volunteer observers record cycle traffic. Newcastle City Council took part in this for the first time in March 2011 and, for a modest fee, got bicycle counts for 28 locations for the two hour period 7am to 9am on the first Tuesday in March. This showed 2126 counts, although of course one cyclist may be counted at various locations so we do not know how many people this represents. On the day 195 people rode past the west end of Honeysuckle drive, making this the busiest cycle commuter route.   The full detail can be seen on the BikeVic website.

The SuperTuesday count captures only 2 hours on one day of the year, and although this gives good trend data it does not tell us anything about the other days of the year, so NCM resolved to do two extra counts each year, one on a Tuesday morning and one on a weekend day. We call our local effort ‘BikesCount’ and did the first one on Tuesday 11th October 2011. We had 21 volunteers counting from 7 till 9am on a cloudy morning with occasional light showers of rain. We modified the SuperTuesday method to count males and females separately. Overall we saw 1285 people on bikes, of whom 16% were female. Comparing like with like the counts were 25% lower than in March, presumably because of the rain.

Location

October 2011

March 2011

% change

Route 6

 

 

 

Honeysuckle Dve, west end

152

195

-22

Route 6, Hannel St

90

109

-17

Route 6, TAFE

81

110

-26

Route 6, Wartah Stn

39

68

-43

Route 6, Maud St

39

47

-17

Moore St near Regal cinema

17

47

-64

East west

 

 

 

Jesmond Park/JHH

50

Turton Rd/ Sports centre
Beaumont St/ Donald St

79

105

-25

King St /Markettown

61

Civic Park corner

57

96

-41

Coastal Cycleway

 

 

 

Fernleigh Track/Dibbs St

125

159

-21

Glebe Rd/ Teralba Rd

92

108

-15

Parkway / Union St

59

95

-38

Stockton Wharf, Stockton

21

Mackie Ave/St James Rd

78

93

-16

Dixon Park/ bathers way

23

North South / Kotara

27

50

-46

Glebe Rd/ Gordon Ave

50

40

+25

Industrial Dve/Tourle St

23

26

-12

Lake Macquarie

 

 

 

Fernleigh track/Kalaroo Rd

94

Booragul/ 5 Islands

28

The informal impression of many spotters is that about half the cyclists are sports riders and half commuters. We would like to add more sites at the next count, and it’s not a bad way to spend two hours, so if you would like to join in the next count please email bene2ATspin.net.au              You know the routine, just replace @ for AT.

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  One Response to “BikesCount”

  1. […] I think it is important to get this data so we can see how many bikes are being ridden and the effectiveness of any cycling specific strategies that are being put into place locally can be numerically evaluated. Such surveys are also done nationally here and we also use the data from them to compare with the figures that are just collected locally. More information here. […]