Lots of our members are now using their mobile phone to record their riding. There are quite a few aps which can do this, but by far the most popular is the free ap Strava. These aps use the GPS on your phone to track your riding.
One side effect is that a huge body of data is produced. This is then available for analysis to see just where the popular cycling routes are. Strava data for 2015 is now available via a global map. Those planning infrastructure can use this data to inform decisions about where cycling infrastructure is needed.
Strava cycling data for 2015. The brighter the line, the more cycling trips. (This data is only from cyclists using the Strava application.)
Click the map to go to the Strava Global Heatmap where you can zoom in and out on your local area, or anywhere in the world where people cycle.
Let’s hope that the 2016 Strava map will be compiled soon – it includes data from quite a few or our members, and numerous other cyclists.
Some athletes use Strava to track their fitness, and compete with others for speed goals. However, for those of us who just like riding, using a riding ap allows us to record our rides without the need for a bicycle computer.
(Strava can also be used to map walks, swims, hikes etc.)
Such electronic data is only one way that cycling data is obtained. All over Australia cyclist numbers are visually recorded twice each year. The first date for 2017 is March 7th (Super Tuesday). Thousands of people will visually count cyclists at set places between 7am and 9am. (Several of our members are taking part in this recording in Geelong.) If you’re riding that morning, you’ll probably be counted at least once on your ride.
Some of the recording sites for Super Tuesday
The second count is of cyclists using cycling and shared paths and is made each year on the second Sunday in November. A summary of data from 2016 is available from the Bicycle Network.