Brisbane cyclists to ride their way into the stats book

Brisbane has become the third Australian city to install real-time bikeway counters to clock how many people are using the cycling network.

Brisbane Times reported assigned Brisbane City Council (BCC) paths would soon have real-time usage numbers displayed for all to see.

The counters, modelled on counters in Canada, would be able to total the daily and annual totals of pedestrian and cyclists using the paths.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the counters would be rolled out at several high-traffic locations across Brisbane.

“Our focus will be high volume sites that are well used but there are opportunities, say at Kedron Brook bikeway or Bulimba Creek bike way, or other suburban locations that are frequently travelled as well,” Cr Schrinner said.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the initiative would be able to provide valuable data about the uptake of cycling in the River City.

Photo: Eco Counter.

“This is a very good initiative by BCC and it’ll give us a clear idea of the usage numbers in the five locations,” Ms Ritchie said.

“It’ll be a real benefit to receive and understand accurate data around how many people are using these paths in the morning and afternoon commute.

“Anything that gives us a better insight into how people are travelling and when, is a positive step forward.”

The first installation of signs, to be installed mid-2018 would be located at:

  • Bicentennial Bikeway, Milton (cyclist and pedestrian counter)
  • Go Between Bridge, southern side (cyclist counter)
  • Woolloongabba Bikeway, Stanley Street (cyclist and pedestrian counter)
  • Woolloongabba Bikeway, Annerley Road (cyclist counter)
  • Kangaroo Point Bikeway (cyclist and pedestrian counter).