Cycling in Sydney Australia
How many cyclists actually cycling out there? Help find out by counting bikes on Super Tuesdays in March every year, or any day, if the bike counting bug gets you.
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2012
See discussion on Super Tuesday bike count here.
Interested in doing some bicycle counting to get a bigger picture across Sydney? The Super Tuesday count organized by Bicyclenetwork is done in March every year, by a limited number of participating Councils, but to get a wider picture bicycle counts from a lot more suburbs are needed. Ideally should be done on the Tuesday but really, it shouldnt matter that much. Could be an ongoing project. (Note added in Jan 2010: CoS wont be involved, preferring to do their own counts, but all adjoining councils will!)
To do a count you need a clip board and a sheet of paper and some pencils. (If doing it officially with BN there are instructions to follow which differ from this) Before the day, draw up a diagram/map of a road or path or street near you that has a regular cyclist presence (maybe a bike route, or a main street, or a shopping centre), with any intersections and access points marked. Then, mark as a line on the diagram the various movements a cyclist might take- straight through (in both directions), turn right, turn left, cross at lights, duck down an alley, off road, on road, whatever is possible. Then, when ready, start counting. Add a "|" for each cyclist against the movement that the cyclist makes. Count them up at the end or, if a lot, put a stroke through every 5 marks, to tally the numbers. Summarise numbers in a box near each movement. Can add more info by using coloured pencils for Male/Female.
Tidy up, add day/date/time/location and scan the diagram or data and upload the file to Bike Counts on SC ( there is an upload button on Discussions). It may be possible to map the data on Google Maps, or some other place, if this gets going.
Other useful data could also be sent in, such as number of cyclists seen on your commute, or number of cyclists parked at a school or pool or workplace, etc, maybe over a week if you go by every day.