Biking for information

Active Transport Wanaka-funded bike counters on Lakeside Road’s waterfront path to count the daily number of people on bicycles.|Photo: Allison McLean

How many bicycle rides occur in Wanaka every day? Your guess could win you a $100 Bike Lounge voucher.

Active Transport Wanaka, a committed group of locals who have been designing a comprehensive cycling and walking network for urban Wanaka, recently funded and installed bike counters on Lakeside Road’s shared waterfront path, opposite the marina, as part of a dedicated call-to-action initiative about cyclists in that location.

Active Transport Wanaka spokesperson Simon Telfer said this particular project allows the team to collect a seasonal count for summer in a fixed location as the group looks to partner with Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) to collect data across a much broader network.

“Data is king. We will use these metrics to continue lobbying QLDC and [New Zealand Transport Agency] about the need for protected cycleways in Wanaka. This is the first time there has been a detailed count of people on bikes in the town.”

Telfer said the empirical evidence from the data monitoring device is important to Active Transport Wanaka’s observation that people in the area love to ride bikes. The team will also be performing manual observations to count the number of road cyclists versus the shared path.

“This will allow us to extrapolate the shared path count to a full road and shared path count.”

“We encourage everyone to make their ride count. Every time we choose to ride, rather than take the car, we are reducing carbon emissions. And, riding makes us happy,” he said.

The public can visit Bike Wanaka’s Facebook page to submit their guess of the average daily number of bike counts between now and February 28 of next year. The friendly competition closes on Christmas Day.



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