Auckland Transport have released their latest Auckland Cycling Account, which has become a great way for AT to highlight how cycling in Auckland is changing over time. The account is filled with a heap of interesting facts and figures about cycling in Auckland.
Auckland is experiencing a biking boom with a report released today by Auckland Transport showing big numbers taking to 2 wheels over the past year and confidence in cycling at an all-time high.
Forty-five thousand people starting riding in 2016 and there has been a 62 percent increase in cycle trips in the city centre since 2013.
Bikes now make up 9.4 percent of inbound traffic via Upper Queen Street and on the Northwestern cycleway there has been a 27 percent increase since 2015. Grafton Gully has seen a 34 percent increase and the Mt Roskill Shared Path has gone up 16 percent.
These numbers are in part due to the network effect as Auckland’s plan for high-quality cycling infrastructure is rolled out across the city.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “Cycling is an important part of Auckland’s transport system. It gives Aucklanders transport choice, lessens pressure on our roads, reduces carbon emissions, and helps people to stay fit and healthy.”
Auckland Transport’s Manager for Walking, Cycling, and Road Safety Kathryn King says, “We are now seeing what other cities around the world have experienced over the past decades. When you meaningfully invest in a well-planned cycling network, people will leave the car at home and take the bike to work or study.
Here are some of my favourite bits from the report.
- It’s great that Auckland Transport are talking about the ‘network effect’, something that will only strengthen as more of the network is rolled out.
- The Quay St cycleway hasn’t even been opened a year yet but there some interesting figures showing how by separating cycling out from the footpath and the road has made things better for other users.
- The reasons people use bikes, other than just for recreation and exercise, is increasing.
- Attitudes to cycling show strong support for investing in cycling. In addition they also say that 39% of Aucklanders are positive about the state of cycling in Auckland which is up from 22% in the 2015 account.
- Despite a strong increase in the number of people on bikes, the number of reported causalities is heading down – although is still too high.
- Where cycleways have been added in 2016
- And what’s expected for 2017, some of these are already well underway or even finished.
While not all numbers in the report are good, for example some there are fewer primary and intermediate school students riding (but more secondary school students), overall there is a clear picture that cycling is improving.
AT should really produce something similar for public transport. They have a will huge wealth of interesting information they can tap into to highlight some key insights about PT in Auckland, for example, where, when and who is using PT, what routes are performing best across different metrics (ridership, punctuality, reliability etc.), where they’ve made improvements to the network and where they plan to next. There are so many things they could show that the biggest challenge would almost be what to include.