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.
|Data on people riding bikes into and out of Civic and the ANU campus|
|2007||Heavy rain during count|
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|
|Time||12:00 – 14:00|
|Time||16:00 – 18:00||16:00 – 19:00|
Last modified JW 19 April 2016