INDEPENDENT bike counts for the City of Sydney reveal bike trips have increased by more than 80 per cent over the past two years.
The study shows an increase of 83 per cent in the morning peak (6am-9am) and 82 per cent in the afternoon peak (4pm-7pm) during the period March 2010 to March 2012.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the results demonstrate that more and more people are choosing to ride a bike to and from work in the city, adding that work to make bike riding safer and more practical is paying off.
The Lord Mayor called on the NSW Government to support the growth in bike trips by working with the City and other councils to expand the network.
"I hope this new data is compelling enough for the Premier to look beyond the headlines and to start investing," Cr Moore said.
The Council said it is developing a 200-kilometre bike network, made up of different types of bike paths, including 55 kilometres of separated cycleway. Ten kilometres of separated cycleways (including three kilometres in the city centre) have already been built with a further 2.5 kilometres in design or consultation phases.
According to the Council, since the counts began in 2010, there has been a 120 per cent average increase in bike trips on Bourke Road cycleway and an 89 per cent average increase on the Bourke Street cycleway. Other bike count figures at key intersections include:
- Pyrmont Bridge, where counts have risen from 1,272 to 2,308 in the past two years, an 81 per cent increase;
- Kent Street/Clarence Street intersection, where counts have risen from 894 to 1,962, a 119 per cent increase;
- College Street/Oxford Street intersection, where counts have risen from 641 to 1,795, a 180 per cent increase;
- Sydney Harbour Bridge cycle ramp, where counts have risen from 1,351 to 1,730, a 28 per cent increase; and
- Taylor Square, where counts have risen from 1,046 to 1,728, a 65 per cent increase in the past two years.