At our January meeting we were pleased to have a Q&A session with Kathryn Mackay who is Cycling Development Officer working at Nestrans in a post created almost 2 years ago, jointly with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, and with support from Sustrans. A summary of the discussion can be seen here.
This year’s cycle count took place on 12, 13, and 14 May. The days were cold, but mostly sunny. We were not sure whether folks had switched over from winter to summer in their cycling habits since the spring has been so variable. After discussions following last year’s count, we decided to start the process at 7:00 am instead of 7:30. The volunteers generously picked up the extra half hour so that we would have data from both the old time period and the new one. If the new time period is taken forward, we will continue to count the full two hours for an additional two years in order to have comparison data during a transition period. The count did reveal that there are greater numbers of commuting cyclists at certain locations at the earlier time period. However, for some positions the 90 minute window of 7-8:30 did not vary greatly from the 7:30-9 window. Unfortunately, the cycle count is down the year compared to the large numbers counted last year. However, similar dips have occurred in previous years. Looking at a three year average of ’13-’15 to ’10-’12 the trend is definitively upwards. The full breakdown of numbers can be found here . Aberdeen City Council joined in the effort again this year and added five new sites to this year’s count in locations where new infrastructure has been installed or will be installed. We hope to see these numbers go up as the options for cycle transport become better connected. Finally, a huge thanks to our volunteers who helped with Cycle Count 2015!
It’s been a couple of weeks since our very first ‘PoP Aberdeen’ ride. We hope you were as pleased to see it happen as we were. Such a stroke of luck to get some sunshine in that week of rain!
We had more than 100 riders leave Hazlehead Park and we had cyclists joining us seemingly from every corner – some even joined from side streets on Union Street itself! At Marischal College, we were met by some of you who couldn’t cycle on the day as well as MP Dame Anne Begg, Councillors Neil Cooney, John Corall, Ross Thomson, Gordon Townson, and Ian Yuill. We were able to have a chat with them about cycling in Aberdeen – both conditions now and what we’d like to see for the future.
We had some press coverage, maybe you’ll spot yourself in the photos!
The Citizen article is no longer online, but here are ones from the Press & Journal and the Evening Express:
There was some wider coverage of Pedal on Parliament – here’s the BBC article:
Thank you to everyone who shared information to get the word out about the ride, thank you to those who rode along, thank you to those who met us at Marischal, and thank you to the group of ACF members that worked so hard behind the scenes to make it happen.
We’re not sure what date we’ll choose for next year’s ride, but we will definitely be making a tradition of this. We’ll let you know as soon as possible about a date for 2016!