The Big Backyard Bike Count report – local revolutions in lockdown!

The Big Backyard Bike Count report – local revolutions in lockdown!In April 2020, with the country in Level 4 lockdown and everyday traffic at an all-time low, Aucklanders took to the streets in astonishing numbers on wheels and on feet. Most striking was the sheer number and variety of people on bikes in our neighbourhoods. Young and old, rusty riders on dusted-off wheels, whole families heading out …
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Help us round off the Big Backyard Bike Count!

Help us round off the Big Backyard Bike Count!As New Zealanders settled into the sudden and dramatic quiet of Level 4 lockdown, a squeaky noise could be heard. It was the hinges of shed doors opening, and the turning of pedals, as people reached for and jumped on their bikes. Whether it was getting out of the house for fresh air, or heading …
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The Big Backyard Bike Count – let’s do this!

The Big Backyard Bike Count - let's do this!Look out the window or head out for a walk and it’s plain to see: there’s a bit of a bike-splosion on city streets during the lockdown! It’s a combo of people looking for fresh air and local exercise – and the sudden diminishing of car traffic. Here’s the thing: surveys tell us that up …
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Cycle counts Feb 2019: here comes the bike boom!

Cycle counts Feb 2019: here comes the bike boom!It’s been a phenomenal summer for cycling. The weather has been balmy, the traffic has been barmy, and more and more people are discovering the joy of getting around on bikes. February in particular felt busy out there – and not just because it was the Auckland Bike Challenge all month long. Holy crap the …
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Data and doubters: sample surveys 101

Data and doubters: sample surveys 101On the radio this week, talkback host Mike Hosking shared his reckons about AT’s annual research report into walking and cycling, which we covered yesterday. In particular, he simply couldn’t believe that 65% of Aucklanders think bike paths are good for the community. He didn’t just doubt the results, he doubted the methodology – and described the …
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A majority of Aucklanders like bikes: AT’s 2018 Active Modes survey

A majority of Aucklanders like bikes: AT's 2018 Active Modes surveyEvery year, to round out the bare-bones data the automatic cycle counters supply, Auckland Transport commissions independent research, interviewing a representative sample of Aucklanders by location, age, and gender to find out what people think about walking and cycling. (We’ve covered previous surveys here and here.) Note: the screenshots below are from the full research report by TRA, which …
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