Bicycle Network’s Super Tuesday records more Melbourne cyclists

Friday, July 6, 2018

Volunteer Sarah Morrison records cyclists on their way to work on Super Tuesday. Photo: Wayne TaylorMelbourne cyclists were out in force on Super Tuesday, with numbers up as much as 17 per cent in some of the city’s commuter hot spots.

At the corner of Swanston and Flinders street the number of cyclists was up 17 per cent on last year.

Bicycle Network general manager of government and external relations Chris Carpenter said the positive numbers reinforced the need for local councils to invest in cycling infrastructure.

“Our Super Tuesday figures show, yet again, that local councils and state governments need to invest in better bike infrastructure. Some of our main commuter routes – such as Melbourne’s Main Yarra Trail – are now at saturation point, not leaving room for Australia’s bike-riding population to grow,” he said.

Super Tuesday, an event organised by Bicycle Network, is in its ninth year and each year volunteers record the number of cyclists crossing major road and path intersections across Australia.

Bicycle Network then analyses the data and submits the findings and bike-riding facility recommendations to local councils.

On Swanston Street, 920 riders crossed La Trobe Street, a 5 per cent increase. Most locations recorded between five and 15 per cent growth in cyclist numbers.

“With this new data, it’s the perfect time for councils to review bike and transport plans and increase the level of investment in these much needed facilities,” Mr Carpenter said.

Some of the extremely busy routes, such as the Yarra Trail, also had an increase in cyclist numbers, but at a slower rate because the paths were already full at peak periods, he said.

Forty-three councils in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia took part in the event.

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