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TOPIC: Steady growth in use of bike lanes

Steady growth in use of bike lanes 05 Jun 2019 16:05 #4570

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Statistics provided by Cycle Enfield show that the number of people riding bikes past an automatic count point at Palmers Green Triangle has been steadily rising over the last four months,

In February trips past the counter in either direction totalled 7,343.  By May this measure had risen to 11,166.  Average weekday trips rose from 304 a day in February to 396 a day in May.

The technology for counting trips uses an inductive loop inserted 2 to 5cm under the surface of the lane. Each time a bicycle goes over the loop, the system detects the electromagnetic signature of both wheels and registers a count.

These figures are just for bicycles passing the Triangle.  There will, of course, be many more riders using other parts of the A105 cycle lanes, which go almost as far as Enfield Town, but no figures are available for other sections.

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Steady growth in use of bike lanes 06 Jun 2019 12:58 #4571

Actually the stats don't show that more people are making cycle journeys.

The figures show the number of individual journeys have gone up. This could be the same number of people making more journeys. There is no correlation between number of journeys and the number of people.

No figures are available for other sections of the cycle lanes up to Enfield Town because there is only one other counting device which is located outside Pizza Express at Winchmore Hill and I think if the figures for this location were published it would show a massive fall off in number of journeys. The hub at Palmers Green Triangle is probably the busiest place on the route.

The last survey carried out at the Winchmore Hill location was by TfL In 2017 and the numbers were 200 journeys (not people) per day over a period of a week.

By comparison in one location in Hackney (Goldsmiths Row) alone there are 4,500 journeys per day.

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Steady growth in use of bike lanes 06 Jun 2019 16:53 #4575

The good news is that number of cycle journeys is increasing - which is likely to mean less polluting vehicles and healthier lives for those cycling. I am a sample of 'one' but I now cycle from Fox Lane to Enfield Town and back (so my journey isn't counted) two to three times week whereas before the cycle lanes I drove. More room on road for buses and those who must drive :)

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