Judging 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 to August 2016, an increase of 8.8% on the previous 12 months.
  • 123,388 cycle trips were recorded in August 2016, an increase of 13.9% when compared to August 2015.

At 13 city centre count sites (which don’t all yet have 12 months of data to compare to the previous year):

  • 1.74 million cycle trips were recorded/estimated for the year of September 2015 to August 2016
  • 130,523 cycle trips were recorded in August 2016

So, things are looking okay on the citywide rolling stats. Keen to look more closely? Well, brace yourself, because our stalwart associate Richard has produced the newest super-detailed stat graphs for all the individual counter locations, displayed in glorious colour and multiple designs. And for some counters where multiple years of data are available, Richard has even produced 12-month-rolling averages, which is the best way to see long-term trends, with any short-term spikes smoothed out.

Our current volunteer workload (and the sheer number of counters) prevents us from giving you blow-by-blow comments on every location – but some interesting things to look at would be:

  • The sad ones: Like Lagoon Drive – what’s happening there? Cycle numbers seem to continually be dropping?
  • The static ones: Like East Coast Road, or Great South Road. Not much new infrastructure = not much change, and no network effect.
  • The steady gainers: Like Tamaki Drive – our busiest cycle route shows continuing 12 month-rolling growth!
  • The outstanding ones: Mainly the Northwestern Cycleway, where Grafton Gully and Lightpath have caused numbers to take off!

Tell us what you see in the numbers! (By the way, all the diagrams in this blog post are released as Creative Commons Attribution 4.0, so feel free to re-use them as much as you like according to that license).

Click on any graph to see at full size:

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2 responses to “Rolling through winter – the August bike count numbers

  1. The grunty numbers along Tamaki Drive always surprise. Interesting to think how big they could get with some proper infrastructure. Will be fascinating to see how they are impacted once GI to Tamaki opens. Whats your guess? I think they may decrease slightly and then continue to increase. My reasoning is that GI to Tamaki will encourage more people onto bikes and they in turn will also use Tamaki Drive for Journeys different to GI to Tamaki. The Network effect will expand not cannibalise.

  2. Yeah, it’s the joy thing Jolisa wrote about – that’s what people like about Tamaki Drive! Our waterfront is uniquely beautiful, and it’ll always continue to attract people on bikes, just like waterfronts all over the world do, and we’ve got the best. I don’t imagine that numbers on Tamaki Drive will in fact decrease at all when G.I-Tamaki opens. I agree – the new route will be a lovely complementary experience, but won’t replace the waterfront, as Tamaki Drive has all the things people look for in any city – a string of attractions, cafes, people, cultural places, parks, and beaches… and it’s flat. I hope GI Tamaki and the waterfront itself will be seen as complementary, and feeding into each other – that’s how a real cycle network should work.

    Rolling totals for the year show TD has almost twice the numbers even on North Western. You’re right Bruce – investment just hasn’t been there to support those cyclists. The cycle lanes that went in about 2011 have made a difference to west-bound cyclists, but there are still hazards on the road that didn’t get addressed, and should be. And the footpath takes half of all cycle traffic, so in itself, it’s a cycle facility that challenges any other route in Auckland for numbers – but really is reaching the limit of its capacity.

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