Because I'm nerdy I've rolled a bike count into my neighbourhood walk. I've now done three counts on Richmond and Adelaide on the western end of the protected bike lanes to get a sense of the breakdown in traffic. Here are my results.
52% cyclists! Richmond at Bathurst, 5-5:30 Sept 24. Sunny and warm.
25% bikes. (108 cars, 35 bikes) 10pm Oct 1. Cool, dark but dry. (No screenshot)
48% bikes on Adelaide near Portland. 8:30 am Oct 2. Sunny but cool. For this count I used the Counterpoint App on the suggestion of a someone on Twitter. The data gets shared so anyone can download and do fancy stuff with it.
It's a huge jump from before the cycle tracks. In the City's one and only cordon count of who travels by bike into and out of downtown, Adelaide and Richmond were very low. The count, which took place on late September 2010, counted 160 bikes over an entire hour at 8am on Adelaide. If I used my count this morning as an average for the hour, we have seen a 450% increase to 700 bikes!
On Richmond the jump is even higher, from 85 bikes per hour at 5pm to 900! That's over 1000% increase!
This is what it looks like now:
(No, I didn't add a sound track. I was sitting outside a cafe with some "calming" electronic music.)
Next step: get an estimate of the 7am to 7pm bike count so I can compare the volume over the day to the 2010 cordon count.