Hobart Commuter Counts

Cycling South councils have been collecting annual data on the number of riders using various routes around Greater Hobart since 2010. The data helps us to monitor trends and growth in cycling. Click here for link to counts data on Google Earth at the bottom of this page.

2017 commuter counts - Tuesday 7 March 2017

We will be calling for volunteers soon to help count 53 sites across the Greater Hobart area

2016 commuter counts - tuesday March 2016

The graph shows a snapshot of usage on the Intercity Cycleway during a 2-hour period from 7am to 9am. Increased usage was also recorded on the Hobart Rivulet Track and Clarence Foreshore Trail.

Cycleway graph2016

2015 commuter counts - tuesday 3 March 2015

A 2-hour morning commute count was carried out in early March. A big thank you to all the people who volunteered their time to do the counts as the day was cool and damp.  For the first time gender was included in the reporting as women are typically an indicator of how comfortable a route is. The South Hobart Rivulet Track carries the highest ratio of women of all the count sites with over 40% of riders being female. 
Generally numbers were consistent with previous years, with slight drops on a few routes.
  • 304 people were counted on the Intercity Cycleway at the Tasman Bridge, coincidentally the same as last year. However there was an increase in people coming from the Tasman Bridge and a slight drop in people exclusively using the cycleway. This is consistent with an increase in riders counted on the eastern shore at the Tasman Bridge.
  • Routes near UTAS experienced a slight drop in numbers. Morrison St had a slight drop in numbers but is still one of the busiest cycling routes in Hobart. 158 people were counted compared with 174 in 2014. Sandy Bay Road at Marieville Esplande also had a slight drop while Grosvener St at Alexander St had a slight increase.
  • There was a slight increase of riders counted at Taroona primary school with 94 riders counted compared to 83 in 2014.
  • There was a slight drop in riders on both the South Hobart Rivulet Track and Macquarie St running parallel.
 The data helps us to understand how people commute by bicycle and the routes they prefer to use, which helps with network planning.

2014 commuter counts -Tuesday 18 March 2014

Preliminary data from the Counts over a 2 hour period from 7am to 9am on Tuesday 18 March 2014

  • 304 people were counted on the Intercity Cycleway at the Tasman Bridge between 7am and 9am, a rider on average every 25 seconds.
  • 174 people counted on Morrison St at Murray St where there is no dedicated space for riding.
  • The Menzies Research Centre has generated increased cycling activity with 93 riders counted at the intersection of Campbell and Liverpool St despite the Campbell St bike lanes finishing three blocks earlier at Brisbane St.
  • Sandy Bay Road at Marieville Esplanade had 140 people on bikes counted, dropping to 128 riders further along Sandy Bay Road at Hampton Road intersection in Battery Point .Most of those counted would benefit from a Battery Point walkway to avoid the busy section of Sandy Bay Road through the shops.
  • 171 people were counted riding into the city from South Hobart. 97 people ride down Macquarie St while 74 were counted entering Collins St from the Hobart Rivulet Track.
  • 97 people were counted riding to work on New Town Road at Augusta Rd, up from 72 riders counted the previous year.
  • 123 people were counted riding from North Hobart along Murray St, Elizabeth St and Campbell St.
  • 70 riders were counted along the Esplanade in Lindisfarne, up from 48 riders the previous year. This increase is attributed to a newly constructed section of the Clarence Foreshore Trail which is still incomplete. 9 of the riders were children going to school, some accompanied by parents. Last year no children were counted.
  • 83 bike riders were counted on the Channel Highway in Taroona, reinforcing census data that indicates Taroona has the highest percentage of residents who ride to work in Hobart.

2013 hobart Counts - Tuesday 12 March 2013

 Counts were held on Tuesday 12 March 2013. Some of the overall findings were:
  • dedicated bicycle infrastructure is strongly preferred to roads with no such infrastructure, and that such facilities increase bicycle use.
  • recreational bicycle paths are typically only used by commuters where tey meet criteria of directness, ease of riding, etc. Commuters will prefer the road sytem if that provides faster riding.

2012 Hobart Counts

Cycling South councils have been collecting annual data on the number of riders using various routes around Greater Hobart since 2010. The data helps us to monitor trends and growth in cycling. 51 sites were counted across the region from 7am to 9am on Tuesday 13th March 2012.

2011 Hobart counts

Cold, wet, windy and snowy weather greeted counters for Super Tuesday 2011. Despite the awful weather, people were still counted riding their bikes to work. 

2010 Hobart counts

May 2010. On the first Tuesday in March at 50 sites around Greater Hobart bicycle commuters were counted in the morning peak from 7am to 9am. For a breakdown of counts at individual locations see Count Sites in Tasmania. The counts are Hobart’s first comprehensive assessment of bicycle commuters and show that cycling is a transport option being adopted by a substantial number of Greater Hobart workers. Despite inadequate or non-existent cycling facilities in most parts of Hobart, people are still choosing to leave the car at home and travel to work by bicycle, relieving congestion, reducing greenhouse emissions, saving money and making a healthy change.

The counts were recorded during the morning peak from 7am to 9am at 50 sites across the four participating council areas - Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy and Kingborough Councils. The counts provide an important snapshot of commuter cycling movements at a time when Hobart has very limited infrastructure for cycling. They show that despite the lack of bike lanes and paths people are using their bicycles to get to work. Just imagine how may more people could be riding if they were provided with comfortable and convenient cycling routes to get there.

At the busiest location on the Intercity Cycleway at the Hobart end 299 cycle commuters were counted between 7am and 9am. That’s almost 300 less cars coming into the city in the morning and competing for parking spots, and that’s just on a single cycling route. A permanent bicycle counter installed by Hobart City Council prior to Christmas on the Intercity Cycleway has been recording a peak weekday of 1100 cyclists per day, with the average around 900 per day since the installation. 
On the narrow and wind-exposed footpath over the Tasman Bridge, on average 1 rider a minute crossed the bridge between 7am and 9am. That’s the equivalent of 120 less cars or 3 less buses driving over the bridge in the morning peak. Even at sites over 10km from the CBD cycle commuters were evident. In the morning peak 54 riders an hour were counted on the Intercity cycleway at Glenorchy.

The counts also give us an insight into cycling patterns. For example almost twice as many riders use Clarence St in Bellerive than the foreshore trail which runs parallel, which indicates that fast and direct routes are just as important to commuters on bikes as they are for drivers.

Cycling numbers were higher on routes where bike lanes or cycleways have been provided. This shows we need to start providing infrastructure in areas where it is lacking. The Hobart Regional Arterial Bicycle Network Plan provides us with a blueprint for developing a cycling network but it will take time and resources to build it.

With the State Government Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources recently releasing their Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy and their Urban Passenger Transport Framework, it is clear now that Governments of all persuasions have realised that providing facilities for individuals to walk, bicycle, use public transport or even park and ride is the way of the future.
Collecting data through initiatives such as the Super Tuesday bicycle counts helps to address the urban myth that no one rides bicycles in Hobart.

Hobart Counts 2010-2014 - Google Earth

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