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Where to cycle for the Super Tuesday bike count

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Ride your bike on Super Tuesday in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Cycle Traveller

Once a year, early one morning in March, cyclists are given the opportunity to not only get out there and enjoy riding their bikes, but to make an important difference to the future of cycling infrastructure in Australia. The annual cyclist count known as Super Tuesday is soon approaching, with volunteers hitting Australia's main streets to see how many people really are out there riding their bicycles.

The 2013 Super Tuesday is set to take place on March 5 between 7am and 9am in suburbs throughout Victoria, NSW and Western Australia.

The count began back in 2007 and monitors the number of cyclists out riding during the morning peak hours and which routes they are using in order to assist local governments assess demand for cycling infrastructure. Councils will monitor selected bike paths, bicycle lanes, shared paths and main roads for which they're interested in gathering data.

As they say, build it and they will come. There are many bicycle riders or would-be bicycle riders that are afraid of cycling because of the lack of safe places to ride their bike, particularly in large congested cities like Sydney. So, if you care about bicycle infrastructure, which, given you're reading this you likely do, either get out on your bike or encourage as many cyclists as possible to be riding through one of these 29 councils on Super Tuesday:


Monash, Whittlesea, Bayside, Boroondara, Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Wyndham, Nillumbik, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Yarra, Frankston, Bendigo, Geelong, Wodonga, Port Philip.


Leichardt, Parramatta, Warringah, Woollahra, Albury, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie.

Western Australia

Subiaco, Fremantle, Cambridge, Cockburn, Kwinana, Cottesloe.

Super Tuesday is generally held on the first Tuesday in March each year across Australia, and also in September for Queensland and parts of northern NSW so as to avoid the wet season. However, not all councils participate every year, with some preferring to take part every few years. It appears there are no councils from South Australia or Tasmania participating in this year's count.

Image: Cycling in Melbourne. Source: Visions Victoria.

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