Can you count to 100?
I've had a message from the Adelaide City Council who are taking a more active role in organising this years Super Tuesday commuting cyclist census. If you want to get involved counting cyclists from 7am to 9am at a certain CBD entry point location then send Nick Nash an email.
It’s that time of the year again.
Adelaide City Council is seeking volunteers to assist with this year’s Super Tuesday bike counts that will take place on Tuesday 6 March 2012.
Volunteers will be required to be in place from 7am to 9am at each of the locations marked on the attached map (which shows the count numbers from the past two years).
Volunteers may nominate which intersection they would like to monitor, though priority will be given to those who nominated for last year’s counts.
Two intersections have already been taken:
Peacock Road / Greenhill Road and North Terrace / Pulteney Street, Park Tce & Melbourne St; Pultenay & North Terrace
If you are interested in helping us with the counts, please contact me and indicate which intersection you would like to monitor.
The papers and more detailed instructions will be forwarded closer to the day.
Please distribute this e-mail to your networks and other BUGS.
Meanwhile, if you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Yes, so the difference is this is being orchestrated by the Adelaide City Council and not run by Bicycle Victoria. Choose from the locations on this map and email them to Nick. If you want the other one, which seems to be looking primarily at the western suburbs then google Super Tuesday Bike Victoria.
Earlier this month I ascertained that only Charles Sturt and West Torrens Councils had organised Super Tuesday through Bicycle Network Victoria. So 3 of us registered to count near the beach, and will drive down together.
Today I received the same email from ACC (I coordinate Adelaide BUG). Checked with Nick and ACC is not providing a volunteer's donation. ACC did in 2010 and 2011. Guess there is a money limit and money could be better spent on cycling infrastructure. Am already registered to count on Super Tuesday, so offered to count at any unallocated site after Super Tuesday. Had the same arrangement with ACC in 2011.
would it be entering into the spirit of the census to see how often one can get counted?
i'm glad i'm not the only one who thought these might be a good way to plan my ride that morning
That census map is interesting.
The data clearly confirms what I see during my regular commute and that is that there are a lot of riders around Pulteny street, North Terrace and Adelaide Uni.
I bet it would be a similar spot if the Frome Road/North Terrace junction was monitored as well.
But there is no freakin bike lane there! The vehicle traffic is very conjested and busy and the roads are made narrow because of inept planning by the council.
So they have the data already but don't seem to be able to do anything with it.
I wrote to Adelaide City Council recently about that intersection. You are right. It is appalling. I received a very friendly response from Ian Rathbone along with a copy of the latest cycling plan. Until proper bike lanes can be installed, I suggested a separate traffic light for cyclists that allows them to leave the intersection first. They seemed to like that idea. Whether anything can be done probably depends on the council's budget.