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Wow what an excellent graphing system, though the number of people that use Graham Farmer freeway seems a bit low maybe the councils in that area should do some more home work to have more people riding to Perth
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To give the numbers some perspective, I choose to gauge them against the volumes reported for the southern railway line about six months after opening, to which they are pretty well the same.
So, while on volumes alone I am not comparing apples with apples - one is for all corridors of Perth, the other is for one - I can compare oranges with oranges if I introduce costs into the equation. And while I don't know what the costs of the bike network are, I am pretty sure it is substantially less than that of placing a railway from Perth to Mandurah.
The rail is good value. It seems that the bike network is even better. But then, we all knew that anyway.
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The 2009 Bicycle traffic count graphs have now been updated to reflect data up until 30th June 2009. It really shows that the onset of colder/wetter weather, and the numbers drop (223K in May 2009 and then 155K in June 2009).
Note, the site does report:
Not too sure where the missing data was, as I couldn't quickly see any red fonts in the charts I looked at this evening.
Worth a look as there is now data from July 2008 until June 2009 (over seperate years).
Site has been updated to show bicycle traffic count for Jul/Aug 2009. There is now over 1 years of data on the site, so you can compare the numbers from last year.
Bad news - August 2008 - 179K compared to August 2009 - 163K. Suppose the extra rain in August 2009 didn't help the cycling numbers for this year.
Site has been updated to include stastics from September and October 2009. Someone is getting quicker at putting this data up.
October 2008 there was 210,000 cyclists, compared to October 2009 247,000. Up by 37,000 in one year, for that month. Looks like we like the warmer weather.
Note, these statistics are made up of counters located at 9 spots arond Perth, so this will not be all the journeys made. They can be used to prove a point though. For example October 2009, this was an increase of arond 18% compared to the previous year. Not bad increase, and could be used to justify spending State Governments Parking Levy.
[url=2009 Bicycle traffic count graphs]2009 Bicycle traffic count graphs[/url] has been updated and now includes statistics for the whole of 2009. Most number of journeys being March 2009 - 283K, most popular point being Kwinana Fwy (Narrows West) - 587K.
2010 Bicycle traffic count graphs have just been uploaded and includes data for Jan-Feb 2010 (268,000 and 269,000 total number of cyclists per month).
There is now daily data available from July 2008 (actually August 2008 was the first full month where there was 179,000 cyclists per month).
Use this data in your corrospondance as it is showing an increase in cycling.
Well done DPI Perth and the Bicycle Unit therein. The later than normal posting is presumably due to Bike Week activities and the Poly Pedal taking up human resources.
The increase in numbers overall over the last year is a bit disappointing, only about 10% more than for the corresponding period last year whereas Melbourne (figures also now up) has increases of 20+%. My impression on the Polly Farmer and Riverside is that the number of riders seems to have increased a lot more than that.
Sydney and Brisbane still don't post numbers.
The 2012 Bicycle traffic count graphs have been updated to include 4 new bike movement counters located at:
Roe Hway PSP
Mitchell Fwy PSP (Karrinyup Rd)
Fremantle PSP (Grant St Station)
Kwinana Fwy PSP (Mt Henry Bridge)
Take a look and see how many bike trips are being made each day.
Just had a look at the Bassendean PSP numbers -
DoT have claimed an increase of 61% at Tonkin Highway since the new segment has been opened. That is correct in the narrowest sense (comparing June 12 to July 12). Remember that during May/June construction of the PSP was in progress, and access to the Tonking segment of the PSP was more difficult.
If you look at the average % of the total PSP measurements of January to March, and then July to Sept, the % increase is about 20%. (That is a confusing sentence, sorry, what I mean is that the counter at Tonkin Highway accounted for an average of 3.32% of all trips for Jan to March 12, and in the last three months it accounted for 3.98% of all trips.)
More infrastructre means more people cycling safely, but we should use the numbers responsibly. I am happy with a 20% increase, and I am worried that DoT informed the office of the Minister of Transport of a 61% increase.
I think using dodgy numbers creates unease and false expectations. The real numbers are good enough .... and they are real!
In a similar vein, when the WABN draft got launched the Minister used wrong figures for the number of people riding into the CBD - DoT did not distinguish between trips counted and people cycling, so the real figures were half of what he said.
We know that more infrastructure will increase the number of people riding, and in that respect it is a good story.
Cycling participation in Perth has increased from 1.1% in 2009 to 1.7% in 2012. More here
The first implementation report of the National Cycling Strategy 2011 – 2016 has been released by the Australian Bicycle Council (ABC). The strategy was signed by the Transport Ministers of all states in 2010.
A summary of the findings can be found here, as well as a list of all the WA projects.
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