Australia’s biggest tally of bike riders, Bicycle Network’s Super Tuesday commuter bike count, is on again this morning from 7:00am to 9:00am in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Perth.
More than 800 volunteers will be stationed on roads, bike lanes and shared paths to count and track the movements of people riding bikes during the morning commute.
Information about people riding is then passed on to participating councils who use the data to identify which bike routes need improvement, and to track the success of previous work and upgrades.
Every volunteer receives a $60 donation from Bicycle Network for a charity or local community group of their choice. Last year almost $40,000 was put back into local communities by Super Tuesday.
Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said that Super Tuesday data is vitally important to show how many people ride bikes and how desperately we need to invest in more places to ride.
“There are so many people who ride a bike in Australia, but there are many more stuck in traffic jams and on overcrowded trains who could get to work on two wheels,” said Mr Richards.
“Data from Bicycle Network’s Super Tuesday count will show us which bike riding routes are at capacity and which ones need to be made better so more people can use and enjoy them.”
Many volunteers will be in bright blue shirts. If you're out riding and see them, be sure to ring your bell and give them a wave.