Aberdeen Cycle Forum conducted its annual cycle count on 17, 18, and 19 May with some data from the new council automatic cycle counters (counter data from 24 May). You can see the full results here.
The count ran from 7:00am to 9:00am. This is the second year of the expanded time frame for the count. Previous to 2015, the count began at 7:30am.
The weather was much better this year than last. While we do not count in rainy conditions, we do not exclude counting under any other types of weather; 2015’s count was conducted in weather that was very cold and overcast while 2016’s count was completed in weather that was merely overcast.
The count numbers are down compared with 2015 – a 120 cyclist drop from last year. However, the count was within 30 of the 2014 count. We’ve also produced a graphic to illustrate the apparent trend – here.
Anecdotally, the city appears to be increasing in cyclist activity – perhaps the common routes for cycling are shifting.
With the installation of the automatic cycle counters, we can look forward to a better understanding of cyclist activity in Aberdeen over a much larger time period than our annual snapshots provide. We hope that this will show cycle modal share to be greater than what we are able to estimate with the cycle count.
Many thanks to the volunteers who gave up their time to count at the various locations.