The Campaign Counts

The Reading Cycle Campaign’s annual cycle census counts the number of cyclists entering 27 key junctions during the morning rush hour (7:30 – 9:00am). The census has taken place on the third Tuesday in June every year since 1994 to provide a unique dataset of cycle statistics for our town.

The count for 2015 saw a continued modest upward trend in the amount of cyclists on the road based on the average number of cyclists across the counted sites.

Cycle Count Graphic 2015

This year we saw a significant dip in the number of people using Reading bridge, which may have been due to the bridge strengthening works that took place over the summer, and a big increase in the number of cyclists using the Town Hall / Market Place route. In 2016 we will need to take into account the new route across the river created by the recently opened cycle / pedestrian bridge; it will be interesting to see how this diverts cyclists from the existing road bridges and also whether it generates more cycle journeys across the river.

Undertaking the census is a ‘big ask’ for a voluntary organisation and thanks again go to our loyal counters and to the census organiser Bruce Main.

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