Did anyone know about this? Couldn't see a thread on this which is a little surprising considering the quality of the forum.
I saw 3 orange shirts surveying this morning, gave them a nice wave and a smile. I stopped to chat to one and she explained to me what they are doing. I ended up being counted 12 times as I did 100km up and down the Fernleigh Track this morning.
What: Super Tuesday - Australia’s largest ever visual bike count
When: 7 – 9am Tomorrow - Tuesday 6th March 2012
Where: All across Australia – metropolitan, suburban and regional areas
Why: Local Government is increasingly realising the importance of good data on bike rider patterns. This data is crucial for planning infrastructure improvements that deliver benefits to riders in a cost efficient manner.
Due to the significant increase of transportation on bicycle, the count collects data about bike riding in a bid to help local councils identify how and where bicycle networking facilities can be improved.
How: Volunteers at major road and path intersections, bike paths and other vantage points will be counting riders commuting to work.
1222 locations Australia-wide:
701 locations in VIC
249 locations in NSW
183 locations in WA
46 locations in ACT
43 locations in SA
The first Super Tuesday bike count took place in 2007 counting the inner-city Melbourne area, as it did in 2008. In 2009 the count spread to regional Victoria and the City of Sydney, going national in 2010 and 2011.
Bicycle Network’s Bike Futures Manager, Mr Mike Williamson said the importance of these counts is imperative to better council planning and reducing congestion.
“Good data on rider patterns are critical for planning infrastructure improvements,” said Mr Williamson.
“The difference with our data collection is that it allows councils to see exactly where people are riding.”