Every year Auckland Transport have an independent company survey Aucklanders about walking and cycling. They’ve just released the 2018 numbers and they’re fantastic. In total 1,459 took part in this year’s survey and are said to be representative of the Auckland population by age, gender and location. Here’s a quick summary
And here are some of the more detailed results:
More people are saying they’re cycling with now 38% saying they do (up 3%). The number cycling at least monthly is also heading up.
This can be broken down further which shows that people once considering cycling now appear to be giving it a go.
And some of groups driving changes.
The numbers show the cycling trips being made are increasingly not just for recreational purposes.
It’s great that a lot more people are riding bikes to public transport. The most noticeable places for this are ferry terminals but busway stations are quite busy too.
This is further reinforced by many cyclists stopping on the way to their destination, and in most cases, spending money locally.
Interestingly it’s not just cycling on the rise, the survey asked which modes people regularly used.
Moving on, the results show most people are increasingly positive for the future of bikes in Auckland.
And here is almost two thirds of people saying that cycle lanes are good for their community.
This last one is notable as it’s the part of the story the herald focused on in their article on. Mike Hosking also challenged the survey so launched his own. Here are the results of that at the time of writing this post and with 10,000 votes.
That’s fairly comprehensive and with 10,000 votes, thanks Mike. That result is considerably higher than the It also really highlights how we as a society are changing towards bikes.
The results overall show some very positive signs. Not only are more people cycling but perceptions about cycle lanes and cyclists are changing too. As the report notes, this is most prominent in places where better infrastructure exists. It shows that AT need to push through the minority of vocal opposition and build more bike infrastructure as soon as possible.