Pedal Power ACT has been counting cyclists for ten years and, in that time, there’s been a 92 percent increase in the number of cyclists riding into the city.
The Cordon Count, as it’s known, places data collectors at 31 points around Civic and the ANU, effectively “cordoning off” the area so all cyclists entering and leaving the city are counted.
As the organisation prepares for its eleventh Cordon Count in coming months, Executive Officer, John Armstrong, reflects on the growing popularity of cycling in this city.
“The Cordon Count gives us hard data about the growth of cycling and, after ten years, we know the numbers continue to rise. There’s no doubt that more people are using their bikes for transport in Canberra and I’m confident the 2014 data will reflect that yet again,” said Armstrong.
Two years ago Pedal Power ACT was commissioned by the ACT Government to expand the count to also include Tuggeranong, Woden, Belconnen and Gungahlin.
“Three years of data collected in the same way, in the same places and at the same time of year will enable us to learn about cycling in the city hubs. Combine that with 11 years of statistics collected for Civic and we begin to gain real insight into cycling trends across the whole of Canberra,” explained Armstrong.
It’s a massive undertaking each year as Pedal Power ACT recruits and trains people to sit and count at 95 different sites and at three different times throughout the day.
“We’re looking for people who are really diligent, who can sit for a long time, watching and counting and recording not just cyclists but also walkers,” said Armstrong.
Data collectors are paid for working from two to six hours.
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