What is a Cordon Count?

Basically, a ‘Cordon Count’ is an annual count of people walking and cycling into and out of the an area (across a cordon) – in the ACT we have done cordon counts at town centres and schools.

Pedal Power ACT has been counting the numbers of people riding bikes into and out of Civic (including the ANU campus) between 7:30 and 9:00 am since 2004. Over that period the numbers have increased by an average of 8.5% per year despite there being more people to living in Civic (including in the ANU student accommodation). The results are given below.

Since 2012, Pedal Power ACT volunteers have undertaken a cordon count around each of the five town centres (Civic, Belconnen, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and Woden) for Roads ACT. That involved counting people (by gender) walking or riding bikes into and out of the town centres. Between 2012 and 2014 the counts were from 7 am to 9 am, noon to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm. Since 2015 it the counts have been from 7 am to 10 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm.

So why do it?

The objective is to collect consistent and comprehensive person movement data for monitoring travel pattern changes and to assist in the planning of the transportation system. The ACT Government uses the valuable information data collected for planning, design and related activities.

When and where does it happen?

We count people walking and riding bicycles into and out of the ACT town-centres at the locations given on the cordon count website pages:

  • Civic cordon count – includes Civic town-centre and the ANU campus
  • Belconnen cordon count – includes the Belconnen town-centre and the University of Canberra campus
  • Gungahlin cordon count – includes the Gungahlin town-centre
  • Tuggeranong cordon count – includes the Tuggeranong town-centre
  • Woden cordon count – includes the Woden town-centre

The counts are on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in late February or early March each year from 07:00 to 09:00 hours, from 12:00 to 14:00 hours and from 16:00 to 18:00 hours with the data recorded in 15-minute intervals. The results are given below.

Can I get involved?

Absolutely! Click on this link for details of how you can volunteer.

What are the latest results for Civic?

Each year more people ride bikes into and out of Civic despite there being more people to living in Civic (including in the ANU student accommodation).

Since 2004 on the first Tuesday in March, Pedal Power ACT has counted the number of people riding bicycles across a ACT cordon count around Civic and the ANU campus between 07:30 and 09:00 am. Over that time the average annual increase in the number of people riding is over 8.5%.

Since 2012, Pedal Power ACT has been counting people riding across the Civic cordon for some additions time.

This graph and table illustrate the numbers and trend of people riding across the Civic and the ANU campus cordon.

Graph of growth in cyclists through Civic cordon 2004 to 2014

 Data on people riding bikes into and out of Civic and the ANU campus
Year Inwards Outwards Total
2004 1329 330 1659
2005 1494 400 1894
2006 1541 498 2039
2007 Heavy rain during count
2008 1964 513 2477
2009 1969 518 2487
2010 2180 572 2752
2011 2177 558 2735
2012 1885 471 2356
2013 2557 637 3194
2014 2537 708 3245
2015  2597 729 3326
2016 2589 751 3340

Town centre  cordon count results

These tables give the numbers of people riding into and out of the five town centres (Civic, Belconnen, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and Woden) during the counting periods since 2012 (note the counting times change).

Time 07:00 – 09:00 07:00 10:00
Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  in out total in out total in out total in out total in out total
Civic 2188 59 2247 2901 799 3700 2876 895 3771 4132 1209 5341 4046 1174 5220
Belconnen 225 84 309 341 146 487 407 105 512
Gungahlin 52 24 76 41 28 69 73 41 114
Tuggeranong 88 14 102 114 42 156 221 43 264
Woden 356 120 476 313 69 382 272 157 429
Time 12:00 – 14:00
Year 2012 2013 2014
in out total in out total in out total
Civic 448 411 859 650 582 1232 587 525 1112
Belconnen 39 52 91 101 126 227 100 186 286
Gungahlin 18 26 44 6 13 19 17 30 47
Tuggeranong 7 10 17 32 68 100 42 41 83
Woden 47 60 107 70 56 126 34 30 64
Time 16:00 – 18:00 16:00 – 19:00
Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
in out total in out total in out total  in out total in out total
Civic 635 1989 2624 927 2398 3325 961 2575 3536 1194 3366 4560
Belconnen 76 195 271 139 323 462 140 416 556
Gungahlin 43 79 122 12 28 40 37 57 94
Tuggeranong 16 71 87 19 114 133 54 170 224
Woden 99 256 355 77 284 361 55 219 274

Last modified JW 19 April 2016

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