Each year, Aberdeen Cycle Forum conducts a count of people cycling in Aberdeen City. The current counts are taken at 16 sites across the city. Previous to 2016, there were only 11 sites. The count begins at 7am continuing to 9am. Previous to 2014, the count began at 7:30 continuing to 9am.
The general trend for this year is upward, though not as sharply as previous counts. However, the count is considerably more encouraging than the numbers for 2017. As always, the count is only a snapshot of the activity in Aberdeen City.
The data includes extrapolated numbers for the cells coloured grey, the numbers will be updated when data becomes available from Aberdeen City Council.
Totals for the years 2013-2008 cannot be directly compared to the totals for 2014-2018 because of the change in the time of the count. Totals for only the original counts have been provided for those years, but only for general comparison.
The trend over the last 10 years (for the original count sites) is a drop of 41, comparing 599 in 2008 against 558 in 2018. This is even bearing in mind that the later year’s counts include a long count time, thus the actual drop will be larger.
We look forward to more insightful data in future years when we have more years’ data to compare using the longer count time and additional count positions. Full count data is available here in table form or here in a graph.
Thank you to the members of Aberdeen Cycle Forum, Nestrans, and Aberdeen City Council that participated in this year’s count.
It’s almost time to ride, so before you set off here’s a few reminders about what to expect.
Please remember that the ride is on open roads and normal traffic conditions. You are responsible for your own safety at all times and there are no marshals to guide or instruct you. The ride is a peaceful demonstration of our wish to ride safely on public roads. During the ride please obey traffic law and it is not our aim to disrupt other traffic
We will be putting up a few signs to alert traffic to the event, and a risk assessment has been completed here.
We hope to see you there and that the weather will be fine. Forecast is dry but pretty cool – so dress appropriately. Hope to see you there and that it will be a lot of fun!
Further details of the route, start point and times are posted at
And while you are visiting their page, please consider making a donation to help keep the Pedal on Parliament movement going. Thank you.
Sunday 29th April will see our 4th participation in the Pedal on Parliament movement. This year we’ve planned a shorter ride from Rubislaw Terrace gardens, down Union St to the Townhouse where we hope to meet Councillors and other politicians and let them know what we think of the quality of cycle infrastructure in Aberdeen.
For those wanting to stretch their legs a little more, there will also be start from Hazlehead as in PoPs #1 and 2, meeting up with the Rublislaw Terrace riders on the way. For more details visit:
On 31 October, Aberdeen Cycle Forum postponed our normal business meeting to welcome the co-leaders of Aberdeen City Council, Cllrs Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden for a question & answer session. The note [here] records the main points covered, but is not a full or agreed minute of the meeting.
In this opinion piece ACF Secretary and part-organiser of the ride reflects on how it went and whether we can do it better next year. [here]
On Saturday 22 April we will have our third successive year of Pedal on Parliament. This year the route has changed and will follow along the beach esplanade, up Beach Boulevard and Justice St to finish at Castlegate. The purpose remains the same – and this year with the local government elections imminent we’re hoping for a big turnout to show that cycling issues matter and more priority for cyclists could result in a better city for everyone. Congestion, air quality, healthy exercise – cycling can tick all the boxes! Please come along and make your voice heard. Start is at 1100 at the north end of the esplanade where it runs parallel to the River Don. Hope to see you there!
A full description of the route can be found here here and a map here. Please note this is an ‘open roads’ ride and is generally suitable for experienced cyclists who are comfortable cycling on city centre streets. The total ride is around 2.2 miles, the first 1.5 of which is traffic-free on a shared-use path. Thereafter beach boulevard has an on-road advisory cycle lane. At the junction with Commerce St there is one busy roundabout to negotiate but there is an option to avoid it by using a traffic-light controlled pedestrian crossing point.
And lastly the boring bit: as responsible ride organisers we have carried out a risk assessment and you can read it here but also don’t forget to have a good time!
Cycling in Aberdeen: Last year under-graduate Chris James produced this great infographic showing the results of survey work he had carried out looking at why people do or don’t cycle in Aberdeen. It’s worth a look and really quick and easy to digest, via the links below.
Infographic page 1
Infographic page 2
Following the opening of the new Third Don Crossing recently we were anxious to see what the long-awaited and purpose-built new cycle path would be like. Unfortunately, its far from perfect. In this opinion piece by two ACF members, they consider what mistakes have been made and how it could have been so much better had just a little more thought gone into the design. Read their critique here.
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.
The Council have currently engaged consultants to look at cross-city transport connections and a drop in session took place on 18 May. There is a particular focus on the various new developments that are taking place or planned for the fringes of the city.
You can see some of the detail of what was presented here and there is an email address that you can send comments in to.