On Tuesday 4 September, more than 160 people across Queensland and the NT got up extra early to help count the numbers of people riding bikes.
The count was one part of Super Tuesday, Australia’s biggest annual bike count which also includes a count in Australia’s southern states in March.
Volunteers at more than 160 separate intersections and bike paths recorded the movements of bike riders to see which areas work well for people who ride, and which areas could be improved to make riding more comfortable.
Bike commuters in Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Palmerston, Tennant Creek. Moreton Bay, Redlands and Townsville were all counted as part of the morning.
Very early preliminary data shows that a record-breaking 5,483 bike riders were counted at the Rapid Creek Bridge in Darwin, making it the busiest site ever counted in the territory.
The data collected as part of Super Tuesday has been the catalyst for many local bike projects and is one of the only consistent measures of bike commuting numbers over time.
The annual tally allows local councils to monitor the growth of bike riding in their area and make well guided decisions on infrastructure and the development of riding programs.
As part of the count in NT and Queensland, nearly $10,000 was donated back into local community groups, clubs and charities. Each volunteer who completes a count receives a $50 to a not-for-profit of their choice.
At this stage it’s too early to reveal the full results of the count as we continue to crunch the numbers and recount some sites with missing data.
Volunteer for the second count
To fill some gaps in our data, a second count will be held next week on Tuesday 18 September across approximately 20 sites.
Specific sites will be uploaded to http://supertuesday.com.auregister