Auckland’s city cycle counters have recorded their busiest Friday this year, with many routes experiencing increases of more than 60 per cent over the average numbers for Fridays.
On Friday 8 December, 8787 cycle trips were recorded across cycle counters in the city centre and fringe, the highest count ever for a Friday.
The average Friday city count for 2017 is 6031 cycle trips.
Making the most of great weather
Kathryn King, Auckland Transport’s Walking, Cycling and Road Safety Manager, says riders are making the most of great weather.
She says people also took the opportunity to ride to work as an alternative to catching the train during Friday’s industrial action.
More options for travelling
“People looked for other options to travel to work, and more and more decided to ride their bikes," she says.
“More than 8500 bike trips in one day shows people are using their cars less for short distances and means public transport, freight, commercial vehicles and people who still need to drive can move around the network more quickly and easily.”
“As we continue to connect our cycling network, people can now use lanes safely separated from vehicles."
“We always experience an increase as the weather improves but we are really seeing the impact that projects like the Waterview Shared Path are having, as they give people more links to the wider cycling network.”