There are a number of ways we monitor trail use; some of these are informal and rely on club members reporting on who they talked to while out riding.
However, there are a couple of more formal methods used:
- The NPDC has an infra-red counter at Mangamahoe. The NPDC pass the traffic information to us. Some of the data from this counter will graphed when the data becomes reliable and shown on this page in the future. The counter has been having some issues and the NPDC are looking at replacing it.
- We have installed four MTB counters that work using a magnetometer on a number of the trails (they do pick up carbon bikes!) at Mangamahoe. We are using these TRAFx trail counters operating in Bike mode. The trails that were part of the first period of monitoring were: Kiwi Kids, Mandatory Power Play, Lawsons Loop – GDO Link and Kahore Tau. Subsequently the counter from the Kiwi Kids track has been moved to the new Highway to Hell trail, so data from that trail’s use is now included.
- At the beginning of February the counter on Lawson’s Loop-GDO Link was moved to the Lap It Up track and the Mandatory Power Play counter was moved up to be nearer the entrance to this trail to make it safer to retrieve the data.
Some of the results provided from the weeks of data collected from the TRAFx counters are shown here (last updated 16th June 2018):
Let’s look at the daily totals for the Lap It Up trail for April:
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There was a peak for Easter Monday, the 2nd where there were the most recorded so far going up to the Million $ and down trails. Anzac Day and Sunday’s were popular day for riders to head out the trails to the northern end of the park.
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The average number/day has trended downwards as winter approaches and the daylight hours shorten.
What does a daily count look like for a year June 2017 to May 2018?
A regular weekly cycle shows up that corresponds to the high weekend use of the park. Lap It Up since the counter has been there in early February is showing the way with a peak of 251/day on 2nd April (Easter Monday).
There was a quiet period in June 2017 through the weather and trail closures, but it picked up during July and August and then in the summer. There were 3 days in this period where there were no bikes recorded over a 24 hour period on any of the counters: 17th and 27th July 2017 and 3rd November 2017. Since one has been moved to Lap It Up, this shows at least one rider goes up that trail each day this year. The peak count per day summing all counters was 562 on the Easter Monday.
The minimum, maximum and averages per day over the 365 days shown above are:
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We can get monthly averages. The trend on the trails is generally upwards since June 2017 with the new Ara Hoki and Cash Flow trails attracting more riders to the northern end of the park. We got these figures for 2017 (riders/month):
These are the figures so far for 2018:
There is a trend upwards, we can see how the figures hold up for the rest of the winter and early spring.
Since February, which is the most heavily ridden trail?
Apart from a couple of weeks, Lap It Up is getting the most ridden each week. Mandatory Power Play is next, Highway To Hell and then Kahore Tau. This shows that as riders we are heading out to the top end of the park.
What are the trends for last and this year:
With more data, Lap It Up’s daily count has come down somewhat and as winter progresses, the estimated yearly totals may drop a little, but there seems to be over 10,000 bikes in our park over a 12 month period.