Tay Road Bridge cycle counter11/10/19
CYCLISTS using the Tay Road Bridge can count on a warm welcome from a new piece of technology.
The device records the number of two-wheeled travellers, calculates their speed and also logs the number of pedestrians crossing the bridge.
Lynne Short convener of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board said: “We are keen to enhance and improve cyclists’ experiences of crossing the bridge and the first step in doing that is knowing exactly how many journeys there are by bike.
“Because the walkway is jointly used by cyclists and pedestrians we also want to know if there is a better way of managing that dual use and this data will help us to make sure taking the crossing is as good as it can be for all bridge users."
Dundee City Council cycling spokesperson Kevin Cordell added: “Crossing the Tay Road Bridge offers cyclists a relatively flat, straight and easy, as well as scenic and safe route.
“Getting more people on their bikes more often is an important part of the Dundee Cycling Strategy and crossing the bridge is a good way of encouraging people to do it on a journey that can now be measured and tracked.”
Funded by Cycling Scotland, similar units have been installed at popular cycling spots in Dundee and across the country.
The counter is part of the Tay Road Bridge and its administering councils’ wider commitment to increase cycling, walking and more sustainable forms of transport.
Our picture shows left to right: Alan Hutchison, Tay Road Bridge Manager; Cllr Kevin Cordell, Dundee City Council’s cycling spokesperson and Cllr Lynne Short, convener of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board.