Super Tuesday Bike Count reveals more cyclists

The results of the 2020 Super Tuesday Bike Count reveal an increase in cycling in Greater Shepparton, Victoria.

The count was undertaken by local volunteers, engaged by the Bicycle Network, at 21 sites across Greater Shepparton. The count records volumes, gender and movement flow of people on bicycles.

The results indicated an increase in the number of cyclists within the Shepparton CBD and surrounds, with an increase of cyclists surveyed along Welsford St, Fryers St and the Goulburn Valley Highway.

Greater Shepparton City Council is committed to supporting the option of cycling as an alternative mode of transport, by continuing to invest in projects that improve the cycling network. Greater Shepparton’s flat land makes cycling a popular option for commuters and recreational riders.

The Super Tuesday Bike Count provides Council with data critical to informing many cycling-related projects included in Council’s Cycling Strategy in the 10-year capital works program.

This could include new on-road bike lanes, shared paths connecting new residential estates with the wider urban area, realising missing links in the network, bicycle hoops in urban areas to allow users to lock their bicycles safely and even end-of-trip facilities.

Council recently signed a contract for the construction of the Route 5 pedestrian bridge over the Broken River, which will construct a new shared pathway link to the Botanic Gardens. This bridge will provide additional cycling and leisure opportunities for Greater Shepparton residents.

Mayor, Seema Abdullah, said, “Council is committed to improving the cycling network in Greater Shepparton. It’s great to see an increase in the number of people cycling and utilising our commuter and recreational cycling network in recent months.

“The Super Tuesday Counts are crucial in the development of cycling infrastructure in our region, and the implementation of Council’s Cycling Strategy.”