This year the Super Tuesday results have been posted on the BISA website. You can find the discussion here. Thanks to Nick Nash for putting the results on a Google Map, where you can click on the intersection to see the history of counts and a discussion of any matters that might have contributed to the result. (The graph of past results might not show up in some versions of Safari.)
No two years ever count exactly the same intersections, so comparisons can be difficult. However there were 26 intersections that were counted in both 2018 and 2019, where we are confident that conditions were similar in both years. The total number of bike riders at these intersections was 5,714 in 2018 and 6,366 in 2019 – an increase of 11%.
While the result is pleasing – and not unexpected, given that previous counts have been plagued by important path closures – staff at the City of Adelaide warn against placing too much significance on the result. After all, this was only a two hour count on one day. It also contrasts with the generally flat levels of cycling recorded in recent one-day counts of cyclists riding through the Park Lands, though to some extent these also have suffered from path closures. The 2018 “cordon count” 12 hour survey recorded a 3% increase on the year before.
Thanks to the City of Adelaide and the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters for helping to fund this year’s count and helping with the administration. Thanks also to the 57 volunteers – many of whom are BISA members – who made this year’s count such a success.