2019 morning commute bike counts data now available

The numbers for the Super Tuesday bike count have been crunched and the outcome is disappointing but expected, Cycling South Chair Bill Harvey said today.


“The number of people commuting into Hobart in the morning seems to have flatlined,” Councillor Harvey said. Click here to view the 2019 cycle commuter counts data.


“We know that unless we are creating or improving cycling routes then there is little incentive for more people to ride. “Hobart doesn’t have an integrated cycling network yet. None of the cycling routes are complete or join up with each other, and the gaps are off-putting for unconfident riders.


“Until these gaps are addressed and increased separation from motor vehicles is provided to make it more comfortable to ride, for many people, cycling to work or for transport is not an option available to them.


“The good news is that there is a continued increase in the number of women riding over time and at least 3800 people riding in to work means thousands fewer cars on the road.


“We really need to get to work improving the cycling connections into Hobart if we’re going to get more people out of cars to ease traffic congestion


“Cycling South has supported the Tasmanian Bicycle Council’s separated cycleways plan for Hobart’s city centre because it aims to do just that,” Councillor Harvey said.


Bicycle Network Tasmania volunteers count the bikes every year as part of Super Tuesday.


“While there have been a few tweaks, there hasn’t been much of a change to Hobart’s bike network over the past few years,” Public Affairs Adviser Alison Hetherington said.


“We need to add to the network with cycleways that are more comfortable to ride so more people have the choice to ride to work.


“We’d like to see more on-road lanes separated from traffic to join up the three main cycling corridors into the city centre.


“The Tasmanian Bicycle Council plan for a cycleways network through the city would allow people to get to their final destinations without having to battle traffic-clogged streets.


“For people who live near paths like the Intercity Cycleway and Hobart Rivulet, being able to finish their journey on separated cycleways may be all they need to decide to ride,” Ms Hetherington said.