On ya bike - and make it count

IF you ride a bicycle then it’s time to get on your bike and get counted on Tuesday .

The biggest snapshot bicycle count in Australia will help flag areas where riding facilities could be best placed on the Coffs Coast.

Called Super Tuesday, the day is designed to record rider numbers and movements at key intersections and important commuter routes during the Tuesday morning peak from 7am to 9am.

The annual count is co-ordinated by the Bicycle Network on behalf of participating councils and a total of 22 sites have been chosen for the count in the Coffs Harbour area.

Coffs Harbour City Council’s transport and road safety officer, Anne Shearer, said the statistics would help map where bike paths would be useful on the Coffs Coast.

“The statistics that we receive from the Bicycle Network volunteers who will be doing the actual count will then help us tailor the location of future bike paths or where we might need to carry out further investigations into the best way of accommodating traffic flows and cyclists,” Ms Shearer said.

“The Super Tuesday count will also help us by providing a reliable annual benchmark of riders within the Coffs Harbour local government area.”

Volunteers count the bikes between the hours of 7am and 9am and are paid $50, which is donated to a nominated bike group, or other community organisation or charity.

Currently there are six sites that are still looking for volunteers. They are:

Coffs Harbour - Hogbin Drive towards Barrie Street, Howard Street, City Hill Drive and Albany Street;

Sandy Beach - Graham Drive towards Pacific Highway and Johnsons Road;

Sandy Beach - Coral Drive, Turpentine Avenue towards Banksia Place, reserve cycleway and Turpentine Avenue;

Mullaway - Mullaway Drive towards beach, Mullaway Drive and Arrawarra Road;

Safety Beach - walkway to golf course, Baroona Street and Panorama Parade, plus walkway west of Panorama Parade; and

Woolgoolga - Lake Road towards Pacific Street, footbridge and Lake Road.

If you are interested in taking part go to http://www.bv.com.au/general/bike-futures/30600/.

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