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BRISBANE’S Bicentennial Bikeway is among the most popular cycling routes in the world according to electronic bike count data captured since January 1 this year.
The Brisbane route is ranked number five of more than 211 counters ranked by Eco Counter across 53 countries — with more than 949,846 riders counted on the bikeway so far this year.
Bicycle Queensland chief Anne Savage said the data highlighted the success of the Bicentennial Bikeway and emphasised the value of quality bicycle infrastructure.
“This data tells a story – bikeways build better communities and get people to their destinations directly, quickly, and without delay,” she said.
“The fact that Brisbane is ranked in the top five among the most cycle-friendly cities in the world is a major achievement and demonstrates the value of council and state government investments in healthy travel.”
“Brisbane is the only Australian city to feature in the top 10 on a list of 211 counters worldwide, showcasing the viability and value of bikeways in transporting significant numbers of commuters and recreational riders,” Ms Savage said.
“About 5,000 people ride along the Bicentennial every day – with that number set to continue growing as our population booms.”
The four most popular sites were all in Germany, with more than 1,742,956 users counted in Freiburg, 1,011,241 in Hamburg, 976,388 in Erlangen and 972,709 in Munster.
“Being able to track real-time data on the number of people commuting by bike and the routes they are using can help us in our efforts to develop cycling infrastructure and facilities to encourage more people to ride more often,” Ms Savage said.
“Cities that invest in healthy travel enjoy the benefits, with five dollars gained for every dollar spent. Bikeway growth is essential to our economic prosperity and will position Queensland to achieve the vision of a healthy, safe and sustainable travel future, reducing congestion and promoting healthy urban development.”
Melbourne ranks 18th on the list, with no other Australian cities featured.
“We look forward to working with all levels of government to position Queensland as a world leader moving forward to a bold new travel future,” Ms Savage said.