Cycling in Sydney Australia
CoS bike counts at Booth St and at Wattle St give the numbers of cyclists in morning peak hour period to be in the range of 125 to 250. Source is fig. 4.77 in the State Govts Transport Masterplan. In the cycling section.
I counted 102 cyclists in period 730 am to 9 am on Tuesday 16/10/2012 at corner of Booth St and Pyrmont Bridge Rd. About 40 were city bound directly on Pyrmont Bridge Rd. Another 15 or so turned into PB Rd from Booth or Mallet Sts. 12 were heading west away from the City. About 20 were heading north or south on Booth St and Mallet St.The rest were split between other movements. Most were on road, about 12 on footpath at some stage. (Edit in 4/2013, CoS has released bike count numbers at Fitzroy St, Glebe poit rd and Taylor Sts. See details in Comments below.)
I spoke to a few cyclists as they waited at lights and one cyclist had been sidewiped there. All complained about the bumpy poorly repaired Ausgrid trenches ahead. (Edit in 1/2013- trench has been repaired westbound, now much smoother)
Traffic was not very heavy, and occasionally the whole road was clear.
Cyclists had little trouble, due to light traffic, but it was apparent that the narrow kerb side lane on departure side of the intersection (far left of photos, near yellow line) was a potential squeeze point for cyclists if they arrived there at the same time as a motor vehicle. Some cyclists "claimed the lane" by riding well out as they approached the squeeze point, but many actually diverted left as they went through the intersection and then came back to get round the kerb.
The cyclists in the fourth photo are at risk after veering over to the left and then coming back. Should take a leaf from the motor cyclist's line. A "Cyclists May Use The Full Lane" sign would help motorist's understanding (last photo). As traffic has to funell into one lane further up, why not emphasise that the kerb lane in the four lane sections is available for cyclists?
Bike count data from CoS on 30/10/12 are out along PB and Bridge Rd.
At Lyons Rd there were 145 on PB Rd in morning peak (6am to 9am) all directions, (99 east-bound), 109 afternoon (4pm to 7 pm), (52 west-bound, 34 East-bound).
At Glebe Pt Rd there were 148 (123 e-bound) am and 109 (78 w-bound)pm
At Taylor St there were 85 (67 e-bound) am and 91 (42 w-bound, 42 Right turn into Taylor) pm, plus 35 off road.
also of interest are numbers at Wigram and Booth, on 30/10/112, pre roundabout.
167 am, 172 pm, all directions. Almost all on Booth St.