Saturday 10 May 2014

Counting Cycles?

Just at the west end of the Ouse Viaduct, what looks like a new electrical control cabinet has appeared this week - with a solar panel on top of it.

Control box
Today I noticed that in the cycle track beside it are some new lines, filled with tar, just like the traffic sensors you see on the approach to traffic lights.

Sensor in cycle track
What is it?  I think it is most likely to count the cycles passing that point. 

Are there any more anywhere else along the busway?

Anybody know any more?


  1. I don't have an answer, but I certainly think it would be worth asking the County Council. Either a direct question, or via the Shape Your Place website (I'm assuming that the Ouse Viaduct would count as "St Ives"):

  2. This may seem a complete dream, but maybe they are seeing if enough people use it to do something about the flooding?

  3. You are right, it is a cycle counter, of the standard type that Cambs County Council use. It reports to the CCC with quarter hourly counts, but the stats that I've seen for the two on the new(-ish) Lodes Way are weekly, which isn't a great deal of use.

    Installing counters is a condition of Sustrans' financial involvement, and Sustrans will probably also commission a manual count and survey questionaire.


  4. Thanks for that info, Mike.
    Are there any more along the busway route anywhere?

  5. Will look tomorrow, not today, it's still wet and I don't want a filthy bike. Grit grinds and wears!

  6. Any on the southern section towards Trumpington?

  7. There is another one on the path over the common between Hemingford Abbots and Godmanchester.


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