The Big Backyard Bike Count is Back!

The Big Backyard Bike Count is Back!So. Here we are again, at Level 3, doing the right thing by staying local and sticking to our bubbles for exercise and daily essentials. Last lockdown, with Aucklanders flocking to enjoy low-traffic streets, more than 300 of you helped us count bikes all over the city, painting a picture of how eager people are …
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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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Bikes, what bikes? These bikes!

Bikes, what bikes? These bikes!In a week where a few people were noisily skeptical about cycleways, it was exciting to get our hands on the November automatic bike trip data. We knew the city centre counts would most likely be up a bit: new connections (notably Nelson St through to Fanshawe/ Market Place), fantastic weather, a big old festival, …
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Not raining on our parade

Not raining on our paradeThis winter has been extremely wet in Auckland – but the good news is that this hasn’t had much of an impact on the number of people cycling! Despite rain levels in Auckland being 150% (!) above normal, the September numbers on the 27 automatic counters around the city were substantially higher than the same …
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Connect the dots – September bike counts hit the targets

Connect the dots - September bike counts hit the targetsHave you been just a bit more likely to take the car, bus or train in recent weeks? No? Good on you. But if you decided that it was just looking a bit more humid than usual out there, you weren’t mistaken. September 2016 wasn’t much colder than usual, but it was wet. How wet? Let’s …
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This is what efficiency looks like 

This is what efficiency looks like One of the things we sometimes hear is ‘I think bike lanes are a good idea, but I’d feel better about them if I saw more people using them.’ We’ve heard a few variations on this theme during this election season, like: ‘We need to be pragmatic about cycleways. They have a place, but the rights …
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Rolling through winter – the August bike count numbers

Rolling through winter - the August bike count numbersJudging just by the number of riders we’re seeing on these chilly but sunny spring mornings, Aucklanders are flocking to biking more and more. But do the bike counts of the past winter back up that impression? AT computer says: Yes! At 14 regional count sites: 1.66 million cycle trips were recorded for the year of September 2015 …
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The 2016 AT Active Modes Survey: the case for joy

The 2016 AT Active Modes Survey: the case for joyThe 2016 AT Active Modes survey is full of good cycling news, as already noted by Matt. Just to recap: firstly, more people are riding bikes. Apparently we can thank the ‘considerers’ for this: folk who were once merely bike-curious are sliding over comfortably into the category of ‘occasional’ riders. Also, over the last two years, the percentage of people …
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