City counts on bike success

Bike riders will be counted twice a year at 100 intersections across inner city Sydney as part of a City of Sydney plan to monitor bicycle usage.

The City of Sydney’s Cycling Strategy aims to increase cycling to 10% of all trips by 2017, made possible by the construction of a 200km cycleway network across the city.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the counts will demonstrate how bicycle use continues to increase, particularly as the City’s $76M cycle-way projects open in the coming months.

“Sydney will be a bicycle-friendly environment where people of all ages can use bicycles for enjoyment and as a sustainable transport choice,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our community is increasingly recognising the important role of cycling in improving the quality of City life and community health.”

Specific targets of the Cycle Strategy include:

  • Increasing the number of bicycle trips made in the City of Sydney, as a percentage of total trips, from less than 2% in 2006 to 5% by 2011, and to 10% by 2016;
  • Increasing the number of bicycle trips made between 2 and 20 km made in the City of Sydney as a percentage of total trips to 20% by 2016; and
  • Achieving a minimum 80% good level of confidence and comfort for cyclists that ride in the City of Sydney by 2016.

The City of Sydney Strategy and Action Plan 2007 – 2017 gives priority to separating bikes from traffic to make cycling appealing, safe and convenient for everyday travel.

“We’ve already seen strong growth in areas we will continue to monitor these trends as the network takes shape,” said Ms Moore.

Council unanimously resolved to award a tender to conduct the twice yearly bicycle counts at a meeting on Monday 22 February 2010.

Media Contact: David Woolbank, Cycling Communications, 9265 9560 or