Bicycle Count Raw Data

Chris Moseley, August 2000

Random pictures I've put up for the RTA people here.

Contents

  1. Mon 6: Corner Pitt and George St
  2. Tue 7: Chalmers St and Prince Albert Park
  3. Thu 9: Rutland St
  4. Fri 10: Corner Devonshire and Elizabeth Streets.
  5. Sat 11: Corner Pitt and George St (weekend)
  6. Mon 13: Devonshire St near Waterloo St
  7. Tue 14: Devonshire St, between Waterloo and Riley Streets.
  8. Wed 15*: Devonshire St and Riley St
  9. Thu 16: Quay and Thomas St
  10. Fri 17: Devonshire and Crown St
  11. Tue 21: Devonshire and Bourke St
  12. Wed 22: Ultimo Rd and Quay St
  13. Thu 23*: Devonshire St and Riley St
  14. Fri 24*: Devonshire St and Riley St
  15. Fri 24: Parkham St and Olivia Lane area
  16. Mon 27*: Devonshire St and Riley St (rain)
  17. Tue 28: South Dowling St and Parkham St
  18. Fri 31: South Dowling St and Fitroy St
  19. Mon 3: South Dowling St and Flinders St
  20. Tue 4: Corner of Flinders St and Albion St
  21. Wed 5: Corner of Flinders St and Hannam St
  22. Thu 6: Corner of Flinders St and Hannam St
  23. Mon 10: Corner of Flinders St and Taylor St
  24. Mon 10*: Devonshire St and Riley St
  25. Tue 11: Footbridge over Darling Dr at Powerhouse Museum
  26. Wed 12: Corner of Flinders St and Oxford St
  27. Thu 13: Corner of Bourke St and Burton Streets
  28. Fri 14: Corner of Bourke St and Liverpool St
  29. Mon 17: Corner of Pier St and Darling Dr
  30. Tue 18: Western Distributor at Harris St
  31. Wed 19: Bourke St and Stanley St
  32. Thu 20: Bourke St and William St
  33. Fri 21: Pyrmont Bridge
  34. Mon 24: Sydney Harbour Bridge
  35. Tue 25*: Devonshire St and Riley St
  36. Wed 26: Bourke St and Cathedral St
  37. Thu 27: Bourke St and Cowper Wharf Rd

Summary

The total count to date is 1329 cyclists. This includes a lot of double sightings as cyclists move along my perimeter. There have been 260 identifiably female cyclists (20%), 988 wearing helmets (74%) and 1248 riding on the road (94%). With the exception of Prince Alfred Park the busier roads have more cyclists and a lower proportion of women. There does not seem to be a similar correlation for helmet or road use.

 PlaceTotal% female% helmets% on roadPeak time
1Pitt & George 104 16% not recorded 56% 8:00-8:45am
2Prince Albert Park 68 29% 77% 85% 8:45-9:00am
3Rutland St 12 33% 75% 100% 8:45-9:00am
4Devonshire & Elizabeth 29 14% 65% 83% 8:45-9:00am
5Pitt & George (w/end) 41 22% 73% 56% 8:00-8:15am
6Devonshire & Waterloo 23 13% 65% 87% 8:30-9:15am
7Devonshire St alleys 22 23% 77% 91% 9:00-9:15am
8Devonshire St & Riley (Wed) 53 19% 66% 85% 8:45-9:00am
9Quay St & Thomas St 27 22% 70% 78% not obvious
10Devonshire & Crown St 60 17% 72% 80% 8:30-9:00am
11Devonshire & Bourke St 56 20% 75% 88% 8:30-9:00am
12Ultimo Rd & Quay St 41 20% 85% 88% 8:45-9:00am
13Devonshire St & Riley (Thu) 48 29% 79% 94% 8:45-9:15am
14Devonshire St & Riley (Fri) 36 22% 69% 87% 8:45-9:00am
15Parkham St, Olivia Lane area 4 0% 100% 100% not useful
16Devonshire St & Riley (Mon) 23 17% 70% 91% 8:15-8:30am
17Parkham St & Sth Dowling St 21 57% 67% 64% 8:30-9:00am
18Sth Dowling St & Fitzroy St 44 23% 80% 75% 8:30-9:00am
19Sth Dowling St & Flinders 63 17% 89% 75% 8:30-9:00am
20Flinders St & Albion St 100 19% 87% 76% 8:30-9:00am
21Flinders St & Hannam St 31 13% 92% 87% not useful
22Flinders St & Hannam St 75 17% 91% 83% 7:45-8:15am
23Flinders St & Taylor St 82 15% 88% 85% 7:30-8:00am
24Devonshire St & Riley (Mon) 36 28% 58% 83% 7:30-8:00am
25Footbridge at Darling Dr 18 11% 89% 83% 8:30-9:00am
26Flinders St & Oxford St 151 17% 89% 92% 7:30-8:00am
27Bourke St & Burton St 30 17% 93% 100% 8:30-8:45am
28Bourke St & Liverpool St 22 14% 90% 100% 8:45-9:00am
29Darling Dr & Pier St 9 11% 100% 100% 8:45-9:00am
30Western Distributor 0        
31Bourke St & Stanley St 15 20% 93% 100% 7:00-7:15am
32Bourke St & William St 0 8% 86% 75% 7:30-7:45am
33Pyrmont Bridge 192 13% 95%   8:30-9:00am
34Sydney Harbour Bridge 256 12% 96%   7:30-8:00am
35Devonshire St & Riley (Tue) 44 27% 66% 96% 8:30-9:00am
36Bourke St & Cathedral St 21 10% 86% 95% 7:30-8:00am
37Bourke St & Cowper Wharf Rd 29 3% 90% 79% 7:15-7:30am

Notes on methodology and situations

For these counts I have focussed on where cyclists are entering the City of Sydney area in the mornings, and am attempting to establish a closed perimeter. To accomplish this I am counting cyclists at a relatively large number of points, including not only major roads and known choke points but also every way around those areas that I can identify. I am also recording information on helmet use, cyclist gender and use of footpaths instead of roadways. I am counting one spot every morning from 7am until 9:30am as this seems to correspond to the peak flow time. I will re-count selected areas to estimate variability and will attempt to do both longer counts (24 hours in one spot) and repeat count (the same spot every day for a week) if time permits.

Anyone willing to help would be greatly appreciated, as would the loan of a video camera (which would allow me to bolt/ lock it to my bike and so count a larger or more complex area accurately). Counting involves spending the period from 7am to 9:30am in one place, recording cyclist movements. It's not hard, just early and a little boring. But useful! E-mail me if you're interested.

I estimate that this will involve counting at 20-25 locations, where some count locations cover more than one cross street, and all include counts for cyclists travelling along the perimeter. In this way I hope to avoid repeating my first count, where due to misunderstanding the cyclist flow I ignored what turned out to be an important side street.

I use two counting techniques depending on the expected frequency of cyclists passing through the count zone. For low frequency situations each cyclist is separately recorded, with their entry and exit points as well as behaviour noted. This gives maximum data utility, allowing correlations to be determined after the event. The high-flow counting technique only considers exit routes and helmet and footpath use are only counted in aggregate. This allows fast recording while still giving aggregate counts for helmet and road use.

The low-frequency recording method notes the entry and exit points of each cyclist as well as gender, helmet and road usage in one entry per cyclist. The data is recorded as below, which allows fairly fast recording but noting both entry and exit requires a lot of attention to be given to each cyclist. I use the following codes:

    m=male, f=female
    h=wearing helmet, N=not wearing helmet[1]
    r=on road s=on sidewalk (not footpath, to avoid clash with f=female)

[1] includes riders who are carrying a helmet but do not have it on their head. I made no attempt to categorise riders by whether they were wearing their helmet in a suitable way, merely whether it was on their head at all.

Each cyclist gets recorded as an entry number, three letters (one from each pair above), then an exit number. For a simple crossroads I would number the roads from one to four and a straight through path would thus be (for example) "1fhr3", for a female cyclist wearing a helmet and riding on the road. A male cyclist who rode on the footpath, crossed as a pedestrian, had no helmet and turned right from street 1 into street 2 would be "1mns2". One advantage of this method is that it forms a simple histogram on the page, showing the number of cyclists in each 15 minute slot.

Gender counting for both methods is approximate and most likely biased towards over counting males. Especially in colder weather when many cyclists wear bulky, concealing clothing it is hard to guess gender in many cases from the often brief glimpse allowed by the situation.


Frequency by Day

I began by using the counts along Devonshire Street[1] to get an idea of the changes from day to day, but decided to count the corner of Devonshire St and Riley St on each weekday instead.

Daily Counts along Devonshire Street.    (back)

Using the count along Devonshire I have attempted to get a snapshot of how the number of cyclists varies during the week. To do this I consider (for example) the stretch of Devonshire street between Elizabeth and Holt streets. On Friday this stretch is counted as point (4), west from the corner of Devonshire and Elizabeth. The following Monday it counts as point (1), east from the corner of Devonshire and Holt. Comparing these two numbers gives an idea of the relative numbers of cyclists on the two days. In this case, on the Friday I counted 20 cyclists moving on that bit of road, then on the Monday I counted 21.

To get an idea of the accuracy of these figures I have kept the eastward and westward cyclists separated, which lets me compare the two sets of numbers. Generally they're similar, so it looks as though these counts are at least internally consistent.

Here's a sketch map showing the points of interest along Devonshire Street.

 Eliz   Holt   Wloo    alleys     Riley  Crown  Bourke
  ||*    ||*    ||     | |* |      *||    *||     ||*
----------------------------------------------------
West<---                              ---> East
(* shows counting positions)
FriElizabeth-Holt 7W 13E      
MonElizabeth-Holt 12W 8E     
MonHolt-alleys  13W 6E     
TueHolt-alleys   15W 7E    
TueAlleys-Riley   15W 7E    
WedAlleys-Riley    12W 10E   
WedRiley-Crown    16W 11E   
FriRiley-Crown     14W 8E  
FriCrown-Bourke     17W 5E  
TueBourke-Crown      10W 10E
TueBourke-park       1W 1E

This is only very rough, as I've normalised each day against the peak day based on pairs of equivalent entry/ exit points.


I am extremely grateful to all the people who helped with counting, and also to those who provided suggestions and feedback during the process.

Counting Assistants    Kelly's Count

   Bob's Count

Corner Pitt and George St, outside Central Station
Monday, 6 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself initially on top of the wall running parallel to Pitt St up into Central, then moved to the wall opposite, running east from Lee St into Central, when the pollution level became unbearable during rush hour. Both positions offer good views of the whole intersection, but there is a possibility of undercounting fast moving cyclists moving along George St on the far side of the road.

There are six possible exit directions here which I have numbered for ease of reporting. Exit (1) is via Lee St to the south, then (2) George St towards City Road, (3) Quay St, (4) George St towards the city (north), (5) Pitt St and then (6) across the footpath into central station. I only recorded total counts for footpath vs road use, with 58 riders staying on the road exclusively and 45 using the footpath at some point. Note that for those figures I discounted crossing the footpath area to enter or leave Central Station, since that area is a shared path (motorists, pedestrians and cyclists) which must be crossed to use that exit.

Time1:Lee 2:George S 3: Quay4:George N5: Pitt 6:Central
7:00 1m 1m    1m 3
7:15 1m 1f 1m 1m 2m 1f 1f 8
7:30  1m 1f 1m 2m  5
7:45 1m 1m 1m 1f 3m 2m  9
8:00 4m 1f 1m 1f 1m 5m   13
8:15 1m 1f 1m 1m 2m 5m  11
8:30 1m 3m 1f  7m 2f 2m 1f  17
8:45  1m 2f 1m 2m 1f 1m 1f 9
9:00 3m 5m 3m 1f 2m 3m  17
9:15  4m 1f 2m 1f 2m 2m 12
 12m 2f18m 5f8m 4f 25m 4f19m 2f3m 2f 104

Total 104 riders; 56% on the road; 16% female.Histogram of cyclists over time with M/F breakdown

Chalmers St at the Northern end of Prince Albert Park.
Tuesday, 7 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself on a park bench facing the road, about 20m from the park entry. I counted cyclists moving north and south in both the park and street. Cyclists moving north through the park and leaving towards Rutland St were counted as "north through park". Note that south along Chalmers St is moving against the flow of traffic (Chalmers is one way). I began counting helmet use at this point, 57 riders wearing helmets and 17 not. Again, I considered the park as neither road nor footpath, and counted what the rider did at the entry/ exit to the park. There were 59 riders on the road and 10 on the footpath, with 6 that I could not decide about (generally riders whom I only saw after they entered the park).

Time1:Park N2: Park S 3: Chalmers N4:Chalmers STotal
7:00 2m  1m 1f 1m 5
7:15 1m 2m 1m 1f  5
7:30 1m 1m 1f 2m  5
7:45 2m 3f 1m 1f 1m 2f  10
8:00 3m  1m  4
8:15 1m 2f 1m 1m 1f 1m 7
8:30 3m 2f  1m 1f  7
8:45 8m 2f 1f 3m 1f  15
9:00 4m 1f  3m  8
9:15 1m  1m  2
 26m 10f5m 3f 15m 7f2m 0f 68

Total 68 riders; 77% wearing helmets, 85% on the road, 29% female (48m 20f). The peak was at 8:45-9am and most cyclists used the park (65%).

In Rutland St.
Thursday, 9 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I initially positioned myself near the corner of Little Buckingham St on the south side of the road, but moved several times to follow the sun. There was little traffic so I covered the whole length of the street, and feel that I am unlikely to have missed any cyclists. The map below shows how I recorded cyclist movements.

Chalmers St                                             Elizabeth St
|    |    Chalmers Ln     Buckingham St    Little Buckingham St
|    |         |(2)|           |(3)|              ___            |    |
|    |_________|   |___________|   |_____________|(4)|___________|    |
|     (1)  Rutland St                                           (5)   |
|     _________     ___________     _____________     ___________     |
|    |         |   |           |   |             |   |           |    |
|    |         |(8)|           |(7)|             |(6)|           |    |
7:00: 5fhr1
7:15:
7:30: 8mnr2
7:45:
8:00:
8:15: 5mhr1 7fns3 1mhr7
8:30:
8:45: 5fhr1 5mhr1 7mhs3 5mhr7
9:00: 5fnr2 5mhr1
9:15: 3mhr7

total 12 riders; 4 female, 3 without helmets, all on the road. Peak at 8:45-9am.

Corner Devonshire and Elizabeth Streets.
Friday, 10 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself in front of the large building on the NE corner in order to see the end of Rutland St. Data points are: (1) the south exit of Elizabeth St (one way, south); (2) the western part of Devonshire (one way, east); the northern part of Elizabeth St; (4) the eastern part of Devonshire; and (5) Rutland St. Rutland St was included since it was a popular exit for cyclists travelling north from the previous count, and was curious as to which way they would go at the end of it. I used the low-frequency counting method again. Note the extra time slot at 6:45am.

6:45: 4mhr2
7:00: 3mhr4 3mhr1 3mnr1
7:15: 1mhr4
7:30: 2mhs4 5mns4 2mnr4
7:45: 2mhr4 2mnr4
8:00: 4mhr1 3mhr1 4mnr2
8:15: 3fhr4 3mhr1 1mns3
8:30: 4mhr5 2mnr4 3mnr1
8:45: 5mnr4 2mhr4 4mns1 4fhr2 4fhs2 4mhr5
9:00: 2fhr4 3mhr5
9:15: 2mhr4 3mhr1

total 29 riders; 4 female, 10 without helmets, 5 on the footpath. Peak at 8:45-9am.

Corner Pitt and George (weekend).
Saturday, 11 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself in front of the hotel at the corner of Quay and George (the south side of that corner). Note that I counted from 6am until 10am in an attempt to get an idea of weekend activity. A 24 hour count or complete weekend would be better I think. Streets numbered as before: Exit (1) is via Lee St to the south, then (2) George St towards City Road, (3) Quay St, (4) George St towards the city (north), (5) Pitt St and then (6) across the footpath into central station.

6:00: 4mhr1
6:15: 2mhr5
6:30: 2mhr4
6:45: 6mhs4 4mhr6 1fhr3
7:00: 2fns3
7:15: 2fnr4
7:30: 2mhr5 1mhs6 2mhs5
7:45: 3mhs1 2mhr5 2mhr4 1mhr4 4fhr1
8:00: 2mhr5 3mhr2 2mhr4 4fns2 1mns4 5mnr2 5mhr2 2mhr4 2mhr5
8:15: 2mhr4 1mhs5 2mns3 1mhs5
8:30: 2mhr4 2mhs4 4mhs6 4fhs6 5mns1 4fns2
8:45: 2fns3 5fhr2
9:00: 2mns4 1mhs6 5mhr2 1mhr6 1mhr6
9:15: 5mhr2 1fhr4 5mhr2 1mnr3 5mhs2
9:30: 2mhr4 5mhr2 3mhs6
9:45: 4mhr2 4mhr1 1mhr4 1mhr5 1mhr5 6mns1 1fhs5 1mhs6

Total 58 riders, 11 female, 12 without helmets, 23 on footpath

between 7am and 9:30am: 41 riders, 9 female, 30 helmets, 18 footpath Peak at 8am, rising again at 10am.

Devonshire St, between Holt and Waterloo Streets.
Monday, 13 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself opposite Waterloo St with a view down the hill to Holt. (1) Devonshire St west onto Elizabeth; (2) Holt St; (3) Devonshire east; (4) Clisdell St south (one way, uphill side of street); (5) Clisdell St north (one way, downhill side of street).

7:00: 3mhr1
7:15:
7:30: 4mns3
7:45: 3mhr1 3mhr1 3mhr1
8:00: 1mhr3 3fhr1 1mnr3
8:15: 3fhr1
8:30: 3fhr1 1mhs3 3mhr1 1mnr3 1mhr3
8:45: 3mnr1 5mhr3 1mnr3 3mnr1
9:00: 1mnr2 3mhs5 1mhr2 3mhr1
9:15: 3fnr1

Total 23 riders, 3 female, 8 without helmets, 3 on footpath. Peak at 8:30-9am.

Devonshire St, between Waterloo and Riley Streets.
Tuesday, 14 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear despite overnight rain with little or no wind. This count position was purely to account for the three alleyways that lead off Devonshire into a maze of twisty passages, all alike (pedsetrian alleys and laneways). I positioned myself in the middle of the three. (1) Devonshire St west down to Elizabeth; (2) Adelaide St; (3) Steel St; (4) Lt Riley St; (5) Devonshire St East (To Riley St).

7:00: 5mhr1 5mhr1
7:15:
7:30: 5mhr1
7:45: 1mhs5 5mhr1 5mhr1
8:00:
8:15: 1mhr5 5mnr1
8:30: 5fhr1 5mnr1 1mnr5 5fhr1
8:45: 5mhr1
9:00: 5mnr1 5mhr1 1fhr5 1mnr5 5mhr1 5mhr1
9:15: 5fhs1 1fhr5 1mhr5

Total 22 riders, 5 female, 5 without helmets, 2 on footpath. Peak at 9-9:15am. Note that no-one went down the alleyways at all.

Corner of Devonshire St and Riley St.
Wednesday, 15 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself on the NW corner of the T intersection with a view east to Marlborough St. (1) Devonshire St west down to Elizabeth; (2) Riley St; (3) Devonshire east (also downhill, to Crown St); (4) through Ward park; (5) Marlborough St. As before, I discounted the park when considering riders as on road or on footpath. I also had to consider a bike with two riders for the first time, and have decided to count "dinking" as one cyclist (and one passenger, who I don't count). I also saw Rossco (a velocop) and noted that I'm starting to recognise more of the cyclists that I'm seeing every day (this is the forth or fifth time I've seen some of them, as they go along Rutland then Devonshire every day).

6:45: 3mnr1 4mhr1
7:00: 1mhr3 1mhr2 2mnr5
7:15: 2mns3 5mnr2
7:30: 3mhr1
7:45: 2mns5 1mns2 2mhr3 5fhr2
8:00: 4mhr2 2mhr4 4mhr3 4mnr2 2mhr3 3mhr1
8:15: 1fnr3 5mhr2 3fhr2 2mhr4 3mns1 2mhr5 3mhr2
8:30: 1mhr3 1mhr2 3mnr1 3mhr1 3mhr2 5mnr2 5mns3
8:45: 5fhs2 5fhr2 4fhr2 2fhr1 1mnr3 1mhr3 1mnr2 3mns5 4mhr3 1mhr2 3mnr1 3mhr4
9:00: 2fnr4 2mhr4 3mhr2 2mhr1 5mns1 2mhr1
9:15: 3mhr1 3fnr2 2mhr5 3mhr1 3fhr2
9:30: 1fhr2 3mhr1 1mhr5 3mhr1
9:45: 5mhr3 4mnr2 3mhr2

Total 62 riders, 11 female, 20 without helmets, 8 on footpath

Between 7am and 9:30am: 53 riders, 10 female, 18 without helmets, 8 on footpath. Peak at 8:45am, continuing to drop off after 9:30.

Corner of Quay and Thomas St
Thursday, 16 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself on the northern corner of Quay and Thomas, looking back up towards Central Station. (1) Quay St SE (towards Central); (2) Bijon Lane; (3) Thomas St west; (4) Quay St NW; (5) Thomas St east; (6) Valentine St. I counted here before but was ignoring Bijon lane until I noticed people using it, at which point I gave up. This time it looked like a construction site, but four cyclists went in there anyway. The rider who came in Valentine and left the same way was a courier going into the office block.

7:00: 1mnr4 1mnr4 1mnr4 1mnr5
7:15: 1mhr4 1mhr4
7:30: 4mns1
7:45: 1fns4 4fns5 4mhr6 6mhs5
8:00: 1mhr5 4mhr1
8:15: 5fnr2 4mhr1 1fhr4 5fhr2
8:30: 1fhs2 6mhr6
8:45: 1mhr4 1mhs5
9:00: 1mhr4 4mhr2 1mhr4
9:15: 4mhr5 4mhr1 1mhr4

Total 27 riders, 6 female, 8 without helmets, 6 on footpath. No obvious peak.

Corner of Devonshire and Crown St
Friday, 17 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with a cold gusty wind. I sat at the NW corner looking across to Holborne lane. (1) Devonshire St east; (2) Crown St south; (3) Holborne lane; (4) Devonshire St west; (5) Crown St north.

7:00: 2mhr4 2fhr5 1fhr4 2fnr5 1mhr5 2mnr5
7:15: 2mnr5 1mhr4 5mhr2 1mhr4 2mhr5 5mns4 3fhr5
7:30: 2mhr5 1mnr2 2fhr5 2mhr5 1fhr4
7:45: 5mnr2 3mhr1 2mhr4 2mhr5 5mhr2
8:00: 1mhr2 5mhr2 4mns5 1mns4
8:15: 2mhr5
8:30: 1mhr4 2mhr5 2mhr5 2fhr5 2mhs5 1fhr4 4fhr1 1mns4 1mhr4 2mns5 4mhr5 4mhr1 4mhs1
8:45: 1mns4 2mhr5 4mhr1 5mns4 2mhr5 1mhr4 2mhr5 4fhr1 5mnr2 1mnr4
9:00: 1mnr3 4mhr1
9:15: 2mhr5 2mhr5 2mns5 5mhs2 5mhr2 1mns4 5mhr1

Total 60 riders, 10 female, 17 without helmets, 12 on footpath. Peak 8:30-9am.

Corner of Devonshire and Bourke St
Tuesday, 21 August 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I sat at the eastern corner looking up towards Crown St. Monday's count I abandoned at 8am after only seeing two bikes in an hour, so this count covers 11 entry/ exit points, all the way back to Crown St. (1) Devonshire St west (uphill); (2) Esther St; (3) Esther lane; (4) Violet St; (5) Whitell St; (6) Bourke St north (two way); (7) Bourke St south (bike contra-flow lane, used by cyclists going both ways); (8) Nickson Lane (dead end); (9) Nickson St; (10) Wilshire St (joins Nickson); (11) east through the park. I added the park only when I saw cyclists using it. This count also marks the first obvious cases of people starting or ending journeys inside the count area. I use an asterisk (*) instead of the entry/ exit number for these riders. Note that because I count Whitell St here it would be possible for a cyclist to travel a route like 6-5 then appear again as 4-1. When this happened I counted the ultimate entry and exit points only, recording that example as 6-1 (it only happened once). I also got the four women in a row at 8:30 again, at least two of them being the same women as the day before.

7:00: 6mhr7 6mnr1
7:15: 6mnr7 7mhr6 6mhr7 1mhr7
7:30: *mhr6 6mnr7 7mns* 6mnr2 6mhr7 1fhr7 7mhr6
7:45: 7mhr6 6mnr7 6mhr7
8:00: 6mhr7 6mhr1 7mhr1 7mhr6 6mhr7 6mhr7 7mhr1
8:15: 6mhr7 6mhr1 1mhr6 6mhr7 6mhr7
8:30: 7fhr1 6fhr7 6fhr1 11fhr1 1mhr7 6fns7 7mns1 1mhr7 6fhr7 6mhr9
8:45: 7mns6 7fns1 1mnr11 7mnr* 7mhr6 1mhr7 7fhr6 6mhs7 1mhr*
9:00: 1mhr7 7mhr6 7mhr6
9:15: 7mnr1 6mhr7 7fhr1 7fhr6 6mhr7 1mns7

Total 56 riders, 11 female, 14 without helmets, 7 on footpath. Peak 8:30-9am.

Corner of Ultimo Rd and Quay St
Wednesday, 22 August 2001

The morning was overcast, windy and cold. "The Australian" forecast was "dry, cool, mostly sunny, windy", but there was a shower between 8 and 8:15am where I was. I sat initially east of the corner of Darling Dr and Ultimo Rd, but once the rain started moved to the SE side of the corner of Quay and Ultimo. That corner is problematic due to the number of buses going down from Quay to Darling as each one obscures the view of cyclists using Darling Dr for several seconds, which is more than the time a cyclist going 1-2 or 2-1 is often visible. So that corner may be undercounted, which I will try to account for in the next count, further down Darling Dr.

7:00:
7:15: 1mnr2 2mhr1 1mhr4 3fhr5 5mhr1 5fhs1
7:30: 4mns5 5mns5 4mns1
7:45: 4mhr1 1fhr4 1mhr4 4mhr1
8:00: (rain)
8:15: 1mhr4 2mhr1 1mhr5 4mhr2 1mhr*
8:30: 1fhr2 1mhs2 1fhr4 1mhr* 5mhr1 2mhr1
8:45: 2mhr5 1mhr2 1fhr2 *mhr5 5mhr1 2mhr1 5mnr3 4fhr1
9:00: 5mhr3 4mhr1 4mhr1 1mhr*
9:15: 5mhr2 5mhr* 1fhr4 1mhr4 5mhr1

Total 41 riders, 8 female, 6 without helmets, 5 on footpath. Peak 8:45-9am.

Corner of Devonshire St and Riley St.
Thursday, 23 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I positioned myself on the NW corner of the T intersection with a view east to Marlborough St. As before, (1) Devonshire St west down to Elizabeth; (2) Riley St; (3) Devonshire east (also downhill, to Crown St); (4) through Ward park; (5) Marlborough St. I discounted the park when considering riders as on road or on footpath.

7:00: 3mhr1 1mhr2
7:15: 2mhr3 5mhr2 3fhr1 5mnr2
7:30: 1mhr2 1fhr3 1mnr2 2fhr5
7:45: 5fhr3 2mhr4 3fhr2 2mhr1
8:00: 4mhr3 2mnr5
8:15: 2mhr5 4mnr3 4mhr2
8:30: 2mhr4 5mnr2 1mhr2 2mhr1
8:45: 5fhs2 5mnr2 1mhr3 2mhr5 1mhr3 3mhr1 2fhr1 3mhr1 2fnr1 3fhr1
9:00: 3mns2 1fnr2 2mhr5 1mhr3 5mnr2 3mhr1 3fhr1 1fhr2
9:15: 2mhr1 4mhr2 2mhr* 5fhr2 3mhs5 1fhr2 3mhr2

Total 48 riders, 14 female, 10 without helmets, 3 on footpath

Corner of Devonshire St and Riley St.
Friday, 24 August 2001

This count was done by Kelly Jones [2]. The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. She was positioned on the NW corner of the T intersection with a view east to Marlborough St and in the park across the road from there. As before, (1) Devonshire St west down to Elizabeth; (2) Riley St; (3) Devonshire east (also downhill, to Crown St); (4) through Ward park; (5) Marlborough St. She discounted the park when considering riders as on road or on footpath. I sat with her for 10 minutes (6:45am onwards) to train her in the counting technique.

6:45: 4mnr2 1mnr5 4mhs1
7:00: 5mhr2
7:15: 1mhr5 5mhr2 5mhr2
7:30: 1mhr5
7:45: 4mnr1 5mns2 2mhr5
8:00: 2fhr5 4fhr2 2mnr4 4mhr1 1mhr2 5mnr2
8:15: 2mnr1 4mhr2 1mhr5 4mhs1
8:30: 5mhr1 4mns1 5mnr1 2mhr4
8:45: 1fhr5 4mnr2 1fhr2 1mns* 4fhr2 4fhr1 5mnr1
9:00: 1mnr2 4fhs2 3mhr2 5mhr1 5fhr2
9:15: 2mhr4 2mhr5

Total (after 7am) 36 riders, 8 female, 11 without helmets, 5 on footpath

Kelly recorded a variety of other comments, including the movement of Police cars and the appearance of a woman in high heels and skirt (on a bike), three cyclists who appeared to be asian, and the BMX rider who goes up Riley St on the wrong side of the road (every morning, so far).

Parkham St and Olivia Lane area
Friday, 24 August 2001

The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind. I was positioned at the eastern end of Parkham St, with a view down the N/ S part of what I assume is Parkham Lane, and across the tiny park to South Dowling St. There are few street signs in the area. As in turns out the only route used was from Parkham St to the park on the other side of South Dowling. (1) Parkham St east (tomards South Dowling); (2) Parkham St west (from South Dowling). The * indicates a trip originating within the area bing counted.

7:00:
7:15: 2mhr1
7:30:
7:45: *mhr5
8:00:
8:15: 1mhr2 2mhr1
8:30:
8:45:
9:00:
9:15:

Total 4 riders, no female, none without helmets, none on footpath. Yes, I was bored.

Corner of Devonshire St and Riley St.
Monday, 27 August 2001

It was raining so I returned to the corner of Riley and Devonshire to get a comparison count. Specifically, it had been raining quite hard at times during the night and at 7am there was light rain and it was very cold (I estimate less than 5 degrees Celcius). Again I was positioned on the NW corner of the T intersection with a view east to Marlborough St and in the park across the road from there. (1) Devonshire St west down to Elizabeth; (2) Riley St; (3) Devonshire east (also downhill, to Crown St); (4) through Ward park; (5) Marlborough St. I discounted the park when considering riders as on road or on footpath. Did I mention that it was cold? Well, it was COLD.

7:00: 1mhr2 1mhr2
7:15:
7:30: 5mhr2
7:45: 5mns2
8:00: 1mhr3
8:15: 4mhr3 2mhr5 5fhr3 1mnr2 4mnr3 3fhr1
8:30: 5mhr2 1mhr3 2fhr1 5fhr2
8:45: 3mhs2 1mnr3
9:00: 3mnr4 4mhr3 4mhr1
9:15: 3mns3 3mhr1

Total 23 riders, 4 female, 7 without helmets, 2 on footpath.

Near the South Dowling St and Parkham St corner.
Tuesday, 28 August 2001

The morning was fine with scattered cloud and no noticable wind. I was positioned in Moore Park opposite Parkham St looking across South Dowling St and the Eastern Distributor. The first four entry/exit points are taken standing on the footbridge, clockwise from the northwest exit (left hand side looking north) (1) South Dowling, north west side; (2) South Dowling, north east side; (3) South Dowling, south east side; (4) South Dowling, south west side; (5) Parkham St (the tiny park at the end of it); (6) Moore Park, north from the bridge; (7) Moore Park, east from the bridge; (8) Moore Park, south from the bridge. I discounted the park when considering riders as on road or on footpath, and those who stayed off the road I marked with an x. Note that this is the first day when women made up more than half the cyclists seen.

7:00:
7:15: 4mhr1
7:30: 4fns1 3fhr3 3fhr5
7:45: 6fhx7 1fns4
8:00: 7fhr1
8:15: 6mnx7
8:30: 3fhr5 6fhx7 7fhx6 6mhx7
8:45: 6mnx7 6mhx7 4mns6 7mnx6
9:00: 7fhr5 5mhr3
9:15: 4fns1 7fhx5 3mhx5

Total 21 riders, 12 female, 7 without helmets, 7 road, 4 footpath, 10 off road.

Corner of South Dowling St and Fitzroy St.
Friday, 30 August 2001

The morning was fine with scattered cloud and no noticable wind after overnight showers. I was positioned in Moore Park on the "round about" at the north end of the park, looking down onto Anzac Parade. (1) Fitzroy St; (2) South Dowling, north of intersection; (3) Anzac Pde; (4) Moore Park; (5) South Dowling, south east side; (6) South Dowling, south west side.

7:00: 2mns6 2mhr5
7:15: 3mhr1 3mhr1 2mhs3 3mhr1
7:30: 3mhr1 6fhr2 3mhr1 3mhr1 3fhr1 3mhr1
7:45: 6mhr2 3mhr1 3mhr1
8:00: 3mhr1 3mhr1
8:15: 3mnr1 3fhr1 3mhr1 3fhr1 3mns1 3mhr1
8:30: 2mns4 3fhr1 3mhr1 3fhr1 1mhs4 2mhs4 3mhr1
8:45: 3mnr1 3fhr1 4fhs2 4mhr1 3mhr1 3mnr1 3fns2 3mhr1 3mhr1 3mhs2
9:00: 3mnr1 3mhr1
9:15: 1fhs2 2mns6

Total 44 riders, 10 female, 9 without helmets, 11 on footpath

Note that cyclists going south down South Dowling are confronted with a downhill approach to a mess of traffic islands leading up into the park, as the road is nominally barred to cyclists. Given the need to move out of the flow of traffic and slow right down in order to use the pedestrain crossing "entrance" to the park it is IMO not surprising that few cyclists use this entry, while some (predominantly racers) use South Dowling despite the two small signs indicating otherwise.

Corner of South Dowling St and Flinders St.
Monday, 3 September 2001

The morning was fine and warm with scattered cloud and no noticable wind but an extremely heavy pollution smell. This proved to be the worst place I have counted at, partly because I had to sit right on the roadside, but I think largely because this is the intersection of approx 23 lanes of traffic (not counting the 4 of the Eastern Distributor) and is very busy. (1) Flinders St north; (2) South Dowling St, north of intersection; (3) Flinders St south; (4) South Dowling south; (5) Seymour Lane.

7:00: 2mhr3 3mhr1 1mhr3 3mhr1 3mhr1 1mns3
7:15: 4mhr2 3mhr1 3mhr1 1mhr3 3mhs1 3fhs1
7:30: 3mhs1 4fhr2 4mhr1 3mhs1 3mhr1 3mhr1 3mhr1
7:45: 3mhr1 3mhr1 3mhr1 4mhr1 4fhr2 3mhr2 4mhr1 3mhr1 3mhr1 3fhs1 3mhs1 3mhr1 3fhr1
8:00: 3mhr1 1mhr3 3fhr1 3mhr1 3mns1
8:15: 3mhs1
8:30: 3fhs2 1mnr3 4mhr1 4mhr1 3fhr1 3mhr1 4mhr2 2mhr4 1fhr3 1fhr4 3mhs2 3mhr1 1mhr3 3mhr1 3mnr1 3mnr1 3mhr1 2mnr3 1mhr3 3mhr1
8:45: 3mhs1 2mhs3 2fhs3 3mns1 3mhs1
9:00:
9:15:

I stopped counting at 9am as I felt ill and my skin was itching quite noticably, as well as my eyes becoming quite sore (they felt inflamed from about 7:30 onwards). Total 63 riders, 11 female, 7 without helmets, 16 on footpath. The double peak in numbers at 7:45 and 8:45 makes me curious, but not curious enough to go back there.

This intersection made it very obvious that cyclists use the footpath when they feel unsafe on the road, and disregard laws that require them to risk themselves for no obvious benefit. I saw large numbers of cyclists (and pedestrians) cross against the lights, jaywalk or ride in proscribed ways on the roadway, and a great deal of riding on and off the footpath. Possibly as many as 50% of the cyclists used the footpath at some point even when it is not noted as their dominant mode. I will count this further up Flinders St as I expect the behaviour will be consistent. There are a considerable number of cyclists riding against the flow of traffic on the footpath in Flinders St.

Corner of Flinders St and Albion St
Tuesday, 4 September 2001

The morning was fine and clear and no noticable wind. I was positioned in the churchyard at the corner of Albion and Flinders. (1) Flinders St north; (2) Albion St; (3) Flinders St south; (4) laneway SE of Albion (on the other side of Flinders). I may have been better off with a view of Hannan St as many footpath users rode into that. I could move to see it from the churchyard but did not start looking until it became obvious that that was happening - a cyclist went from Albion, onto the wrong side of Flinders to avoid the center island, and then into Hannan. I will count this specifically from a later location.

7:00: 2fhr1 1mhr3 3mhr1 3mhr1 1mhr3 1fhs3 1mhr3
7:15: 3mns1 1mhr3 3mhr1 1mhr3 1mhr3 1fhs3 3fhs2 3mnr1 1mhr3 2mnr3 1mhs3 2mnr4 1mhr3
7:30: 1mhr3 2mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhs3 1mhr3 1mhr3 4mhs1 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3
7:45: 1mhr3 1mhr3 3mhr1 1mhr3 3mnr1 2mnr3 1mhr3 1mhs3 1mhr3 4fhr1 3mhs1 1mhr3 1fhr3 1fhr3 1fhr3 1mhr3
8:00: 2mhr4 4fhs3 1mhr3 4mhs3 1mhr3 1mhs3 1fhr3
8:15: 1fhs2 1mhr3 1mns3 3mhr1 1fhr3 2fhr1 2mhr1 1fhr3 3mnr1 1fhr3 1mhr3
8:30: 1mhr3 3fhr1 1fhs3 3mhr1 1mhr3 1fhr3 3mhr1 1mhr3
8:45: 2mhr4 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mns3 1mhs3 3mhr1 3mns2 3fhr1 2mhr3 2mhr1 3mhr1 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhs3 1mhr3
9:00: 1mhs3 3mhs2 1mhr3 3mhs2
9:15: 1mns3 2mnr1 3mnr1 1mhs2 1mhr3

Total 100 riders, 19 female, 13 without helmets, 24 footpath

Corner of Flinders St and Hannam St
Wednesday, 5 September 2001

The morning was fine but overcast with a light wind from the south. I was positioned on the north side of the corner of Flinders and Hannam.(1) Flinders St south; (2) Albion St; (3) Hill St; (4) Flinders St north; (5) Hannam St.

7:00: 4mhr1 2mhr4 4mhr1 4mhr1
7:15: 1mhr4 2mhr1 2mhr1 1mhr4 1fhr4 4mns1 4mhr1 1mhr4 4mhs1 1mhr4
7:30: 2mhr1 1fhr4 4mhs1 2mns1 1mhr4 2mhr5 1mhr4 2mhr1 2fhr5 1mhr4
7:45: 1mhr4 1mhr4 1mhr4 1mhr4 1mhr4 1mhr4 5fhr2

It began raining about 8am and the flow of cyclists stopped almost immediately. I suspect the rain moving up from the south was moving at roughly cycling speed. Total of 31 cyclists in the hour, 4 female, 2 without helmets, 4 on the footpath. 3 cyclists used Hannam St.

Corner of Flinders St and Hannam St
Thursday, 6 September 2001

The morning was fine and clear and no noticable wind. I was positioned on the north side of the corner of Flinders and Short St looking back towards Hannam. I also noted cyclists moving down Clare St as Bike It has this marked as a minor cycleway. (1) Flinders St south; (2) Hannam St; (3) Flinders St north; (4) Short St (past Clare); (5) Clare St; (6) Maiden St. Note that Maiden St is marked as a continuation of Clare St in Bike-It, when it's actually a pretty rough laneway.

7:00: 1mhr3 3mhs1 1mhr3 1fhs3
7:15: 1fhr3 3mhr1 3mhr1 3mhr1 1mhr3 4mhr1 1mhr3 1mnr3 1fhr3
7:30: 1fhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mnr3 1fhr2 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3
7:45: 1mhr3 1mhr3 3mhr1 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mnr2 2fhr4
8:00: 1fhr3 1mhr3 5mhs3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1fhr3 3mhs4 1mhs3 2mhr1 1fhr2 1mhr3 1mhr3 3mns4 1mhr3 3mhr1
8:15: 1mns3 1fhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3
8:30: 1mhr3 3mhr1 1fhr3 3mhr1 1fhs3 1mhr3 1fhs2 1mhs6 1mhr2
8:45: 3mhr1 3mnr1 4mhr3 1mhr3 2mhr1 1mhr3 1mhr2 1mhs3
9:00: 1mhr3 1mhs3 1mhr3 1mns3
9:15:

Total 75 riders, 13 female, 7 without helmets, 13 footpath

The cyclist route (9 cyclists) down Hannam St is also used by a small motorised footpath cleaning machine. There was also an odd pause in motorised traffic at about 9:15, and at 9:30 a horse and cart went past. I suspect there was some kind of interruption further up the road.

Corner of Flinders St and Taylor St
Monday, 10 September 2001

The morning was fine and clear and no noticable wind. I was positioned on the south side of the corner of Flinders St and Linden Lane looking over towards Taylor St. (1) Flinders St south; (2) Taylor St; (3) Flinders St north; (4) Patterson Ln; (5) Linden Ln.

7:00: 1mhr3 1mnr3 3mhs* 1mhr3
7:15: 3mns1 1mhr3 1fhr3 3mns1 1mhr3  1mhr3
7:30: 3mnr1 1mhr3 1mhr3 3mhr1 1mhr3  1mhr3 1mhs3 1mhr3
7:45: 1mhr3 1mhr3 2mhs3 1fhr3 1mhr3  1mhr3 1fhr3 1mhs3 1mhr3 1mhr3  1mhr3 1mhr3
8:00: 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1fhr3 1mhr3  1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mnr3 1mhs3  1mhr5 1mhr3
8:15: 1mhr3 3mnr1 1mhr3 1mns3 3mhr1  1mhr3 1fnr3 1fhs3 1mhr3 1fhr3  1mhr3 1fhr3
8:30: 1mhr3 3fhr1 1mns3 1mhr3
8:45: 3mhr1 3fhr1 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhs3  1mhr3 3fhr1 1mhr3 1mhs3
9:00: 1mhr3 1mhr3 3fhr1
9:15: 1mhr3 1mnr3

Total 82 riders, 12 female, 10 without helmets, 12 footpath

Corner of Devonshire St and Riley St.
Monday, 10 September 2001

Bob Moore [3]voluteered to do a count for me. The morning was fine and clear with little or no wind, " ideal for cycling". Bob positioned myself on the NW corner of the T intersection with a view east to Marlborough St. As before, (1) Devonshire St west down to Elizabeth; (2) Riley St; (3) Devonshire east (also downhill, to Crown St); (4) through Ward park; (5) Marlborough St. He discounted the park when considering riders as on road or on footpath.

7:00: 3mnr1 3mnr1 1mns2
7:15: 3mhr1 4mhr2 4mhs2 2mnr4
7:30: 3mhr1 2mns4
7:45: 3mhr1 2mnr1 2mhr1 3mnr2 5mhr1 5fhr1 5mnr1 4mnr2 4mhs2 4mnr2 4mnr3
8:00: 3mhr1 5fhr2 4fhs2 4fhr3 5mhr3 3mhr2 1fnr4
8:15: 3mhr1 3fhr1 2mhr1 2fhr1 4mhs2 2mhr4 3mhr2
8:30: 1mhr3 5mhr2 4mhr3
8:45: 3fhr1 3mnr1 1mnr2 1mhr2 2mhr4 3fhr2
9:00: 3mhr1 3mhr1 3fnr1

Bob stopped counting at 9:15. Many thanks to Bob Moore for doing this count for me.

Total 36 riders, 10 female, 15 without helmets, 6 on footpath

Footbridge over Darling Dr at Powerhouse Museum (off Hay St)
Tuesday, 11 September 2001

The morning was overcast but not raining with no noticable wind. I was positioned on the pedestrian overbridge roughly on the east side of Darling Dr. I am assuming that Hay St continues in the pedestrian only area. (1) Darling Dr south; (2) footbridge east end; (3) Darling Dr north; (4) Hay St east (paved area, towards CBD); (5) Footbridge, west end. Inspection showed that the tram tracks going west were both difficult to ride and did not go anywhere useful (parallel to Darling Dr), so I assumed that cyclists who disappeared under the bridge went north along Darling Dr, although one of them at least failed to reappear while I was looking that way. Note that there are two flights of stairs at the east end of the footbridge as part of the Darling Harbour cyclist hostility programme. The footpath/ roadway distinction is fairly meaningless here, as the footpaths are well off the road where they exist and the tram tracks/ paved area confuses the issue.

7:00: 3mhr2 2mhr1 3mhr2
7:15: 3mhr2
7:30: 2mhr3 1fhr3
7:45: 3mhr2 3mhr1 3mhr1
8:00: 5mnx4 3mhr1 2mhr3 3mhr1 2fhr3
8:15: 5mnx4 1mhr3
8:30: 3mhr2 5mhx4
8:45:

Total 18 riders, 2 female, 2 without helmets, 3 on footbridge.

Corner of Flinders and Oxford St
Wednesday, 12 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned at the base of the steps leading up to the palm trees in Taylor Square (the SW side of the intersection). (1) Oxford St east; (2) Bourke St north; (3) Oxford St west; (4) Bourke St south (over the pedestrian area, and I was not able to reliably discern which way cyclists went in this area as I was facing the other way); (5) Flinders St; (6) Forbes St. Once I started counting it became obvious that I could easily see whether cyclists went down Forbes St instead of Bourke St on the north side of Oxford, but cyclists arriving from behind me could get onto the pedestrian area form Bourke, Campbell or Flinders streets and it was impractical for me to try to see which one each cyclist used. Several times I saw cyclist come up Flinders St then use the pedestrian area to get onto Oxford ST, generally when they were about to cross Oxford St with the pedestrian phase of the lights. Again, this area allows cyclists to ride through without obviously using either the footpath or road, by crossing from the pedestrian areas between Bourke St and Oxford St on each side. I stopped counting at 9am due to the smell. I fear I may be becoming sensitised to the pollution.

7:00: 1mhr3 4fhr2 4mhr6 2mhr1 4mns2  5mhr3 5mhr3 4fhr1 5mhr2 2mnr5
7:15: 5mhr2 1mhs3 1mhr3 5mnr1 3mhr5  3mhr1 1mnr4 4fhr2 1mhr3 1mhr3
7:30: 1fhr3 1mhr3 5mhr3 4mhx6 5fhr3  1mhr3 4fhr1 5mhr3 1mns3 1mhr3  2mns4 2mhr4 1mhr3 5mhr3 5fhs3  5mhr3 1mhr3 5mhr3 1mhr3 5mhr3  3mhr5 1mhr3 5mhr3 5mhs3 4fhr1
7:45: 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 5mhr3 1mhr3  1mhr3 5mhr3 1mhr3 6mhr5 1mhr3  5mhr3 5mhr3 6fnx4 1mhr3 1mhr4  1mhr3 1mnr3 5fhr3 1mhr3 3mns6  1mhr3 3mhr3 1mhr3 1mnr3 1mhr3  5mhr2
8:00: 1mhr3 5mhr3 1fhr3 5mhr3 5mhr3  4mnr1 3mhr5 1mhr4 1mhs3 1mhr3  1fhr3 2fhx4 1mhr3 1fhr3 4mhx6  1mhr3 5mhr3 5fhr3 5mhs1 2mhx4  6mnx4  5mhr3
8:15: 1mhr3 5mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3  3mhr5 1fhr3 1mnr6 1mhr3 5mhr3  1mhr3 4mhs1 1mhr3 1mhr3 5mhr2  1mhr3 1mhr3 1fhr3 4mhr1 4mhr2
8:30: 4mhs3 5mhr3 4fhr6 1mhr3 1mhr3  1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 5mhr3  5fhr3 4mhr2 1mhr3 3mhr* 1fhr3  5mhr2 1fnr4
8:45: 1mhr3 5mhr3 1fnr3 1mhr3 3mhr5  4mhr2 1mhr3 1mhr3 1fhr3 2mhr4  1mhr3 5mhr3 1mhr3 6mhx4 1mnr3  1mhr3 5fhr3 1mhr3 1fhr3 1fhr3  5mns1

Total 151 riders in two hours! 26 female, 17 without helmets, 12 footpath, 7 neither road nor footpath.

Corner of Bourke St and Burton St
Thursday, 13 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned on the north-west side of the intersection. (1) Bourke St south (uphill to Oxford St); (2) Burton St west (uphill); (3) Bourke St north; (4) Burton St east.

7:00: 4mhr2 4mhr3 4mhr2
7:15: 1mhr3 1mhr3 3fhr1 4mhr2 3mnr4 4mhr3 1fhr2
7:30: 4fhr2 3mhr2
7:45: 4mhr2 1fhr3 4mhr2
8:00: 4mhr2 1mhr3 1mhr3 3mhr1
8:15: 1mhr3 4mhr2 1mhr3
8:30: 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mnr3 4mhr2 3mhr1 3mhr1 1mhr3
8:45: 4fhr1

Total 30 riders, 5 female, 2 without helmets, none on footpath.

Corner of Bourke St and Liverpool St
Friday, 14 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned on the north-west side of the intersection. (1) Bourke St south (uphill to Oxford St); (2) Liverpool St west (uphill); (3) Bourke St north; (4) Liverpool St east.

7:00: 1mhr3
7:15:
7:30: 1mhr3 3mnr1 3mhr4 1fhr3
7:45: 1fhr3 3mhr1 4mhr2 3fhr1
8:00: 1mhr3 3mnr1 1mhr3
8:15: 4mhr2 4mhr2
8:30: 3mhr2 3mhr1 1mhr3
8:45: 1mhr3 4mhr1 2mhr1 1mhr3 1mhr3

Total 22 riders, 3 female, 2 without helmets, none on footpath.

Corner of Pier St and Darling Dr
Monday, 17 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned on the top of the "Entertainment Carpark" south of Pier St. Since Darling Drive does not cross my perimeter and it was hard to see from the only vantage point for Pier St I ignored it. (1) Pier St west; (2) Pier St onramp from Darling Dr; (3) Pier St east.

7:00:
7:15:
7:30: 3mhr1 3mhr1
7:45: 2mhr3 3mhr1
8:00:
8:15:
8:30: 3mhr1 2mhr3 1mhr3
8:45: 2mhr3 1fhr3

Total 9 riders, 1 female, none without helmets, none on footpath. Unsurprisingly, riders on busy bridge roads wear helmets and don't ride on the (non-existant) footpath.

Western Distributor at Harris St
Friday, 14 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned on the footbridge going from Harris St into the city. Since no cyclists went over the roads while I was watching there was nothing to count. One rider went over the footbridge at about 6:55am as I was arriving, but after that, nothing. I watched the upper deck from 7-8am (from ANZAC Bridge), then the lower deck from 8-9am (from the fish markets). A few cyclists came up there and went into Harris St, presumably heading for Pyrmont bridge where they will get counted later.

Corner of Bourke St and Stanley St
Wednesday, 19 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned opposite Stanley St looking north-west. (1) Bourke St south (uphill); (2) Stanley St; (3) Bourke St north; (4) Sutton Ln (one way, north onto Bourke).

7:00: 1mhr3 1mhr3 1mhr3 1fhr3 1mhr2
7:15:
7:30: 1mhr3 1mhr2 2fhr3
7:45: 1fhr3 3mhr1 1mnr3
8:00: 1mhr3
8:15: 1mhr3
8:30: 1mhr3
8:45: 1mhr2

Total 15 riders, 3 female, 1 without helmets, none on footpath.

Corner of Bourke St and William St
Thursday, 20 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned on the footpath outside a car dealership (much to their joy anh mine), on the NE side of the corner. Since the traffic is busy enough to make the light phasing pretty absolute I monitored the lanes each side of William St - Barnett Lane which is blocked to the west by the Eastern Distributor and William Lane which becomes the entry to the ED to the west. (1) William St west (to city); (2) Bourke St north (downhill); (3) William St east; (4) Barnett Lane east (usable direction); (5) Bourke St south; (6) Barnett Lane west (no exit); (7) William Lane (usable); (8) Eastern Distributor entry (no cycles allowed); I manitored the ED entry because it is possible to cycle up it, even though that seems pointless to me. As it turned out, no-one did ride up it.

7:00: 5mhr2 1mhs2 1mhr2
7:15: 5mhr2 1mns3
7:30: 5mhr2 1fhs3 2mhr5 1mns2 2mhs3  3mhr2 3mnr1 3mhs5
7:45: 5fhr2 3mhr1 3mhr1 3fhr1 5mnr2
8:00: 3mhr1 5mhr3 3mhs1 1mhr3 3mhr1
8:15: 3mhr1 3mhr1 1mhr3 3mhr1 5mhr2  3mhr1 3mhr1
8:30: 3mhr1 5mhr2 3mhr5 1mns2 3mhr1
8:45: 5mhs2

Total 36 riders, 3 female, 5 without helmets, 9 on footpath.

Pyrmont Bridge
Friday, 21 September 2001

The morning was overcast, clear and calm. I was at the eastern end of the bridge next to the entry to the pedestrian stairs, looking west. (1) West; (2) East; (3) pedestrian stairs. The dominant flow was males wearing helments riding into the city. Note that the stairs were blocked off, with only the up escalator working, so cyclists wanting to use the stairs had to carry their bikes up a stationary escalator, which is not especially easy. A small number of cyclists came back out of that cul-de-sac and rode down the eastern exit when they saw this. Again, I did not record road vs footpath use due to the lack of either in the area. There was one cyclist who rode up the cycleway then out up the stairs, presumably to avoid part of Sussex St.

6:15: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2
6:30: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1fh2 2mh1  1fh2 2mh1
6:45: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 3mh1 3mh1 3mn1  2mh1 2mh1 3mh1 1mh3 1fh2  3mh1 1fh2 2mh1 1mh3 1mh3
7:00: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 3mh1 3mh1 3mn1  2mh1 2mh1 3mh1 1mh3 1fh2  3mh1 1fh2 2mh1 1mh3 1mh3
7:15: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh3 1fh2 1mh3 2mh1 1mn2  2mh1 3mh1 1fn2
7:30: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 2mh1 2mh1 1mh3 1fh2  1mh3 3mh1 3mh2 1mh3 1mh3  3mn1
7:45: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh3 1mh3 3mh1  1mh3 1fh2 2mh1 1mh3
8:00: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1fh2  1mh3 1fh2 1fh3 3mn1 1fh2  1fh3 2mh1 1fh2 1fh2 2mh1
8:15: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh3 1mh3 1mh3  1mh3 2mh1 1fh2 1fh2 1mh3  2fh1 1fh2
8:30: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1fh2  2mh1 3mh1 3fh1 3mh1 1mh3  1mh3 1mh3 2mh1 1fh2 1mh3  1mh3
8:45: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mn2 1fh2  1fh2 2mh1 1mn3 2mh1 1mh3  2mh1 1fh2 1mn3 1fn2 1mn2  1mh3
9:00: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 1mn3 1mn2 1mn2  3mn1 2mh1 3mh1 2mh1 1fh3  3mn1 2mh1 2mh1 1mh3
9:15: 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2 1mh2  1mh2 1mh2 3mh1 3mh1 3mh1  1mh3 2mh1 1mn3 1fn2 1mn2

Between 7 and 9am: Total 192 riders, 24 female, 10 without helmets. Overall, 257 riders, 30 women. 31/4 before 7, 32/2 after 9. Peaks at 7:30am and 8:30am.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Friday, 21 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm. I was positioned opposite the southern entry to the bridge in the park across the road in the sun. Cyclists could theoretically have stopped and walked down the stairs into the tunnel without me seeing them, but this seems unlikely given the speed of most cyclists at that point and the cyclists I saw ride out and round to enter the tunnel. Note that this was BNSW's breakfast for cyclists day and they were alsno in the area. This may have boosted numbers slightly. A number of cyclists came up from the city for the breakfast (and I did not count them). For this count I simply recorded two columns - inward (south) and outwards (north) movement, again not recording footpath use. Since the dominant flow was males wearing helmets and there were both very few exceptions and a lot of cyclists I have just given numbers below.

6:30: S  7          N  4
6:45: S 11          N  3 2fh
7:00: S 10 fh       N  7
7:15: S 14 fh       N  9 2fh mn
7:30: S 11 3fh mn   N 10 3fh
7:45: S 25 3fh      N 12 5fh mn
8:00: S 20 2fh      N  6 2fh
8:15: S 23 4fh mn   N 19 3fh mn
8:30: S 20 mn       N 18 3fh mn
8:45: S  6 mn       N  5 mn

From 7am-9am: total 256 riders, 31 female, 9 without helmets. Total 283 riders (165 S, 118 N), 33 female (14 S, 19 N), 9 without helmets (4 S, 5 N).

Corner of Devonshire St and Riley St.
Tuesday, 25 September 2001

Ken Wilson [4]voluteered to do this count for me. The morning was cloudy but dry and calm. Ken positioned himself on the NW corner of the T intersection with a view east to Marlborough St. As before, (1) Devonshire St west down to Elizabeth; (2) Riley St; (3) Devonshire east (also downhill, to Crown St); (4) through Ward park; (5) Marlborough St. He discounted the park when considering riders as on road or on footpath. Ken was concerned that he may have missed cyclists in Marlborough St as it is quite hard to see this road from the count position. Having counted this area four times myself I have decided that there few cyclists use that street, so the possible error is small, but it is worth trying to count it from there.

6:30: 3fhr5
6:45: 5mnr2 3mhr1
7:00: 3mnr1 2mhr1 2mhr3
7:15: 3mnr1 1mhr2 5mnr2 2mhr1 5mhr2 3fhr1
7:30: 3mhr2 3mnr5 1mhr3
7:45: 5fhr2 3mnr1 1mnr3 3mhr2
8:00: 3mhr2 1mnr3 1mhr2 1mnr5 4fhr2 4mhr2 4mhr2 1fnr3
8:15: 3fns1 4mhr3 2mhr5 3mnr2 3fhr1
8:30: 2fhr1 3fhr2 1mnr2 2mhr5 3fhr1 2mhr3 4mhr2 3fhr1
8:45: 5fnr2 2mnr3 3mhr1 3fhr2 2mhr4 2mhr1 5mnr2
9:00: 2mhr5 3mnr2 3mhr2 5fns2 1mnr2 3mhr2 2mhr1
9:15: 1mhr2 1mhr4 5mhr2 1fhr2

Ken counted from 6:30am until 9:30am for me! Many thanks to Ken for doing this count for me. Note that at least some schools are on holiday at this time, which probably accounts for the low count in this case.

Between 7am and 9am: 44 total, 12 female, 15 without helmets, 1 on footpath Total 58 riders, 15 female, 19 without helmets, 2 on footpath

Corner of Bourke St and Cathedral St
Wednesday, 26 September 2001

The morning was fine, clear and calm after overnight rain. I was positioned on the north west corner of the intersection. (1) Bourke St north; (2) Cathedral St east; (3) Bourke St south; (4) Cathedral St west. Due to the very low volume of cyclists I spent time watching the laneways to the north, and decided that they were little used at least as far as Harmer St - I did not see anyone use them (they are generally blocked to the west by the Eastern Distributor).

7:00: 3mhr1 3mhr1 3mhr1
7:15: 3mnr1 3mhr1 3mhr1
7:30: 3mhr1 3fnr1
7:45: 4mhr3 4mhr2
8:00: 2mnr4 1mhr3 4mhr2
8:15: 1fhr3 4mhr2 3mhr4
8:30:
8:45: 4mhr1 2mhr4 3mhs1 2mhr1 2mhr1

Total 21 riders, 2 female, 3 without helmets, 1 on footpath.

Corner of Bourke St and Cowper Wharf Rd
Thursday, 27 September 2001

The morning was fine with bands of cloud and a chilly breeze. I was cold and huddled behind a wall opposite Bourke St on the waterfront, looking back up Bourke St. (1) Cowper Wharf Rd west; (2) Cowper Wharf Rd east; (3) Nicholson St west; (4) Nicholson St east; (5) Plunkett St east; (6) footbridge over Eastern Distributor; (7) Bourke St south (uphill); (8) wharf east; (9) wharf west; (A) Bland St (east). First time I've had to go past 9 entry/ exit points, because someone rode down Bland St. I was undecided about the footpath between the wharf and the road, as cyclists often walk down the steps then ride along the footpath, and there are no ramps that would make getting to the road easy. As a result I have categorised these as riding on the wharf (neither road nor footpath). Since it was cold and the number of cyclists plummeted after 8am I went home at 8:30. I may have missed a late surge, but then again I may not have. Traffic got noticably worse (blocked solid most of the time, with people regularly stopping in the Bourke St intersection) after 8am.

7:00: 1mhr2 8mnx9 7mhr2 5mhr2 1mhr2
7:15: 1mhr2 7mhrA 2mhs1 1mhr2 5mhr2 1mhr2 1mhr2 1mhr2 1mhr2 1mhr2 9mnx8
7:30: 9mnx8 9mhx8 7fhr2 7mhr2 1mhr2 1mhr2 9mhx8 3mhr4
7:45: 8mnx9 1mhr2
8:00: 7mhr5 2mhr1 1mhr2 1mhr7
8:15:

Total 29 riders, 1 female, 26 without helmets, 23 on road, 1 on footpath (5 on wharf).