Cambridge cycle counter logs 1 million trips inside a year
Simon MacMichael December 16 2016
Seven figures reached in calendar year for first time since device was installed to commemorate Tour de France visit
The number of journeys made by people on bikes passing a cycle counter in Cambridge has topped 1 million inside a year for the first time since it was installed in 2014, with nearly 3,000 cyclists passing it each day.
The cycle counter, on a shared used path on the east side of Parker’s Piece alongside Gonville Place, was installed to mark the city’s hosting of the start of Stage 3 of the Tour de France that year.
The ceremonial start to the stage to London took place a little further up Gonville Place, with the peloton then parading through the city’s streets past landmarks such as King’s College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum before racing began in earnest.
On Wednesday morning, Cambridge Cycling Campaign tweeted a picture of the cycle counter after it hit the landmark figure – and as you can see from our picture above, it’s since been reset back to zero. Last year, the total fell 50,000 short of seven figures.
Cycle counters work through bike wheels triggering battery-operated magnetic loops placed on the ground – the passage of pedestrians and motor vehicles aren’t recorded – though usually they are not accompanied by the type of display unit that is on Gonville Place.
Cambridgeshire County Council monitors cycling in a number of locations across the county and according to its Traffic Monitoring Report for 2015, in five places in the city itself the average annual daily total of cyclists throughout the year exceeded 2,000.
Counting cyclist numbers helps local authorities plan and provide cycling infrastructure where it is most needed.