Civic continues upward trend but is Woden in trouble?

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The number of people cycling into and out of Civic each day has almost doubled in the last decade, according to data collected by Pedal Power.

The eleventh annual Cordon Count was conducted earlier this month. Data collectors were stationed at 31 points around Civic and the ANU, effectively “cordoning off” the area so all cyclists entering and leaving the city are counted.

In 2004 when the Cordon Count began, collectors counted 1659 people on bikes either entering or leaving the area. This year that number was 3245, an average of 9.5% growth each year.

Pedal Power’s Executive Officer, John Armstrong, reflects on the growing popularity of cycling in this city.

“The Cordon Count is a very useful tool to measure the growth of cycling over time. Even with higher density housing in the inner city, we are still seeing a steady increase in the number of people using their bike as a means of transport,” said Armstrong.

Graph of growth in cyclists through Civic cordon 2004 to 2014

Civic cordon count 2014 growth graph

Two years ago Pedal Power was commissioned by the ACT Government to expand the count to also include Tuggeranong, Woden, Belconnen and Gungahlin.

Although the number of bike riders is generally on the rise, Woden seems the only exception with a steady decline evident over the three years, from 938 in 2012 to 767 in 2014. Armstrong cautions not to read too much into the data but admits Woden is a concern.

“There is poor access for cyclists travelling into and around the Woden town centre and it’s surrounded by busy roads on all sides. These things are certainly important factors for cyclists considering commuting to and from work,” explained Armstrong.

The good news is that work will soon begin on the Woden Master Plan and Pedal Power’s advocacy team will be involved.

More information about the cordon count results, including more detailed data and tables, can be found on the Pedal Power website.

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