Transport surveys and data

Super Counts

Why Super Counts?

Super Tuesday and Super Sunday counts collect active travel data at intersections for local councils, including mode, gender, time and directional flow. The rich longitudinal data helps track progress and identify areas of improvement to inform active transport policy, with the goal of making it easier for more people to choose active modes every day.

Intersection data collected

  • User type (walker, runner, cyclist, scooter or other)
  • Gender
  • Volume in 15 minute or 1 hour time intervals
  • Directional traffic flow of all user movements

In the past year, more than sixty local council areas across Australia have participated in Super Sunday and Super Tuesday counts to help track active transport performance and inform infrastructure delivery.

Information booklet
Volunteers counters

Get in touch to learn more about our Super Counts and how they can be used to improve bike riding conditions in your local area.

Our counts

Super Tuesday – Commuter counts

Super Tuesday commuter counts record volumes, gender, and movement flow of people on bikes.

Super Sunday – Recreational counts

Super Sunday is a survey of recreational travel and looks at how runners, walkers, bike riders and other recreational users move around. 

Upcoming events

Join an upcoming event and give back to your community by raising money for your local charity, non-profit, school or other community organisation. You’ll be helping collect important data for your council to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in your area.

All volunteer counters receive a credit towards their Bicycle Network membership or donation to a local organisation or a charity of their choice. Volunteers also receive a free Bicycle Network t-shirt!

SuperTuesday NT Darwin

27 July 2021

Super Tuesday Top End

Super Tuesday Top End is conducted on the last Tuesday in July.

Time

6:30am – 8:30am, Tuesday 17 August 2021

Locations

Participating council areas in the north of the Northern Territory (including Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine)

Super counts volunteers

7 September 2021

Super Tuesday North

Super Tuesday North is conducted on the first Tuesday of September.

Time

7:00am – 9:00am, Tuesday 7 September 2021

Locations

Participating council areas across Queensland.

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Recreation riders on Super Sunday

28 November 2021

Super Sunday

Super Sunday is conducted on the second Sunday of November.

Time

9:00am – 1:00pm, Sunday 28 November 2021

Locations

Participating council areas across NSW, SA, VIC, WA*

*Please note, Kingston (VIC) and Cockburn (WA) are from 7am – 11am.

Stay tuned, registrations open October 2021

Bicycle commuter on Super Tuesday

1 March 2022

Super Tuesday South

Super Tuesday North is conducted on the first Tuesday of March.

Time

7:00am – 9:00am, Tuesday 1 March 2022

Locations

Participating council areas across WA, SA, TAS, VIC, NT* and NSW.

*Please note, NT count sites are from 6:30am – 8:30am

Stay tuned, registrations open February 2022.

Volunteer

Join thousands of volunteer counters across the country as part of Australia’s largest manual bike counts. The data collected is used by governments to improve bike riding conditions in your local area!

Bike count volunteers receive a $60 (Super Tuesday) or $140 (Super Sunday) credit towards their Bicycle Network membership or donation towards any nominated charity, school, sports club or any other not-for-profit organisation. Plus, we’ll send out a free Bicycle Network t-shirt for your count.

What's involved?

1. Register online

You will need to register online to volunteer at a count to ensure that we have the necessary details to contact you and so that you can reserve your preferred count location.

To check when the next Super Count is happening, check our upcoming counts above. You can see the dates and times of the count, check the available counting sites, and register to count.

To register for a count you will need to provide:
  • Your contact details
  • Region
  • A organisation to receive your donation
  • Your selected count site
  • Working with Children Check / Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWCC / WWVP)

Please be sure to check your inbox to finalise your registration.

2. Getting ready

Confirm your details

By confirming your registration, Bicycle Network count team will know that you will definitely be at your selected count site. Check all the details carefully before confirming. If you find any incorrect information (your address, contact number or/and nominated organisation) please email us to update.

Confirm your count site location

Check the location of your count site on a street directory (if available) or on Google maps. Your confirmation email will have a link to your chosen count site on Google maps.

Study the intersection you will be counting to determine your counting spot and  main flow of morning users.

Print out count sheets

Print out the count sheet and check it against the map and the description on your count sheet. Some count site locations will have new facilities/infrastructure that may not be mapped yet. If your count sheet does not match your count site, email us and we will send you a correct sheet.

You might want to print a spare count sheet if you are expected to meet a large volume at your site. It’s also a good idea to organise yourself with a clipboard and a spare pen.

Read the instructions carefully

Every count site is different. Read instruction carefully so you know what is required to count at your selected site.

Safety

Please take a moment to read our safety guidelines before you head out to count.

3. The day of the count

Arrive 10 minutes early

Be in place and ready to count the first rider at the start time so we don’t miss anyone.

Start counting

Mark the count sheet and marvel at the growth in active transport. We suggest using the block of ‘five bar gate’ method of four upright lines slashed diagonally when the fifth user goes past.

How to count off-road users

It is very important that any off-road path that parallels a road in the same direction is counted as one and the same thing, unless you are specifically directed to do otherwise.

Finish counting

Stop counting at the finish time – don’t inflate the figures. We need to give councils accurate data, and analysis of data from adjacent count locations will expose any inaccurate counting.

4. After the count

The sooner we receive all count data, the sooner we can begin confirming data and processing payments to your nominated organisation.

Enter count data online

Enter your rider number and email. These were provided in the confirmation email. If you’ve lost that email, please send us a message. Follow the instructions on the screen and enter your count data and your observation comments.

Send in count sheets

Email your count sheet to bikefutures@bicyclenetwork.com.au or post to PO Box 24013, Melbourne, VIC 3001.

5. Receive your donation

Verification of collected data

Bicycle Network can’t process invoices until we’ve checked and verified data from all count sites. This will take 4-6 weeks (or more in some cases) from the day of the count. Our counters have collected valuable data and we want to make sure it’s processed properly.

Invoicing

Previous Organisations:
If you elected an organisation that we have paid in the past, we will confirm their bank details with them and make the payment on your behalf. You will not be required to do anything.

New Organisations:
If you have elected an organisation that we have not paid before, we will request their payment details and seek confirmation from them. We aim to have all donations processed within 6-8 weeks of the count.

6. Working with Children Check / Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWCC/WWVP)

To help us run our events safely, Bicycle Network will be progressively introducing a requirement for volunteers to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) or Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) check.

Most states allow for registration for a WWCC/WWVP online with Digital iD™. Simply select your state below to register for a WWCC/WWVP.

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