14 Aug 2017

Brisbane cycling data reveals when and where people hop on their bikes

Did you hop on your bike today? You might be surprised to learn Sunday is one of the least popular days for cycling in Brisbane.

Authorities collect average counts of bicycle traffic by hour of the day and day of the week at 14 sites across Brisbane, ranging from Holland Park in the south to Brighton in the north.

Fairfax Media crunched the numbers using averages data from July to December to indicate the most popular times, days and routes for Brisbane's cyclists.

Tuesday emerged as the frontrunner at the 14 sites combined, followed by Thursday and then Wednesday.

Across all the sites, people were more likely to be recorded cycling at 8am and then 6pm, while the hours of 2am and 3am were also unsurprisingly the least popular.

However, the "Normanby West" counter - on the Normanby Bikeway near Brisbane Grammar School has another spike over lunch time.

More people used Park Road at Woolloongabba, while Sandgate Road northbound near Julia Street at Nundah was the least used route.

In terms of northside v southside, four of the five least used spots were on the northside, whereas southside locations came in first and fifth.

The data was published on the Queensland government's open data website as average cyclists recorded per hour and month at each of the 14 locations, and analysis used to indicate trends was based on the sum of the averages, not the total number of cyclists.

Bicycle Queensland chief executive officer Ben Wilson said Tuesday was a good day for people to ride to work, as they might take their clothes in to the office on a Monday.

"Either by catching the bus or driving, and then they're ready to ride, so Tuesday they're ready to go," he said.

Mr Wilson said from experience, the organisation tried to avoid organising cycling events on a Monday or Friday.

"Friday is a bit more of a drinking day and a travel day and you've got to bring the clothes home," he said.

"Monday is a day when people are a bit more on public transport too, generally."

However, on the weekends, people tended to get out at all times of day and sometimes with the whole family.

In terms of northside v southside, Mr Wilson said there were some shocker roads in Brisbane's north for cyclists, such as Kingsford Smith Drive and Gympie and Lutwyche roads.

But why does it all matter?

Mr Wilson said automatic bicycle counters were a fantastic initiative, and helped governments and advocates plan infrastructure, monitor trends and encourage behaviour change.

"The counters are quite expensive to build in but it's cheap overall - otherwise you have to get 15 students out with clipboards and chairs by the side of the road and you put trust in them to get it right," he said.

"But to have automatic counters is a Dutch model, where they get really good information and can learn smart, strategic things and learn about what it is that makes a difference."

Mr Wilson said cycling for exercise was more common earlier than 6 to 7am, and post 7am tended to be commuting.


SEE SOURCE FOR DATA/TABLES : http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-cycling-data-reveals-when-and-where-people-hop-on-their-bikes-20170626-gwywi2.html

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