Bike journeys break 50,000

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MORE than 50,000 bike journeys have been recorded in six months on a city cycle route.

The number of two-wheeled travellers that have passed the grey futuristic counter at Douglas Terrace, Broughty Ferry recently ticked past the 50,000 mark.

Dundee City Council cycling spokesperson Kevin Cordell said: โ€œSince it went live at the start of June it has been counting the number of people cycling as a key part of measuring and evaluating the growing investment being made in it in Dundee.

โ€œWe want to get more people cycling, more often, and the counter measures progress on what we always thought was a popular route, but now have the evidence to back that up.

โ€œEven as the nights get longer and the days get colder I would still encourage commuter and leisure cyclists to ride along the path.โ€

Mark Flynn deputy convener of Dundee City Councilโ€™s city development committee added: โ€œThe counter's electronic scoreboard displays both the daily and annual number of bikes that have passed across the sensor laid in the pathway. It shows that on average a bike went over the sensor more than 270 times every day in the past six months.

โ€œWe installed the counter in partnership with Sustrans and the Scottish Government and together we are keen to enhance and improve cyclistsโ€™ experiences of the network in the city.โ€

Funded by Sustrans and Transport Scotland, similar units have been installed at popular cycling spots across the country.

The counter is part of Dundee City Councilโ€™s wider commitment to increase cycling, walking and more sustainable forms of transport across the city.

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