Just before our 6:30pm closing time on Wednesday, 14th of November 2018 this year’s millionth rider went past our post. This target was reached over a month earlier than in 2017, which was the first time we’d eclipsed the million within a calendar year.
Over the last few years we’ve seen bike commuting increasing by around 5% each year, however this year’s count represents closer to a 10% increase on last year. And sure, it was a cold but dry winter, and it’s the forecast of rain which is most likely to keep numbers down, but we believe that more Melburnians than ever are choosing their bicycle for inner-city transport.
Commissioned on National Ride2Work Day in 2013 by the City of Moreland and Velo Cycles, the counter has been steadily ticking away each cyclist rolling past the sensors alongside the store (the system uses a remarkably complex algorithm to determine what is, and isn’t a bike, to a degree of +/- 0.5% accuracy) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This data then gets uploaded to a server, supplying summary data to everyone (and a little more detail to us).
Rider numbers for this November reached 94,166, which was actually around 1,200 less than November 2017. Even so, we’re hovering at 10% more than the same time last year, at 1,053,310. That’s already almost 20k more than last year’s grand total of 1,034,657, which was surpassed on Tuesday, Nov 27th. November had eight days over the magic 4,000 mark, and a day with 5,000 past the post will surely happen again soon.
We eagerly await what this year’s grand total will be.