New Plymouth Annual Cordon Count


ViaStrada reviewed New Plymouth District Council’s current active transport cordon count methodology, plus their thoughts on potential modifications. We delivered a memo on our proposed methodology that:

  1. establishes a complete cordon without gaps
  2. focuses on the central city, so as to reduce the chances of active transport commuters living within the cordon
  3. incorporates counts for key motor vehicle corridors, to determine mode splits as required by the new KPI
  4. has a method for comparing with the previous count locations, to maintain analysis over time.

To assist with this, we also provided an updated data capture form and a presentation for briefing the surveyors, plus were available to answer questions while NPDC staff were preparing to train the surveyors.

NPDC commissioned and trained the cordon count surveyors, then provided the raw data to ViaStrada. We analysed the data, provided a report detailing the method, and examined the two relevant KPIs regarding mode share and the number of people commuting by bicycle, plus provided an analysis spreadsheet that continues the site-by-site comparison over time.

Briefing presentation sample for cordon count surveyors


Cordon Count mode share graphic - 2023 results


Project Objective
Advise New Plymouth District Council on how to update their cordon count programme to improve its coverage and include a new Key Performance Indicator.
New Plymouth District Council
New Plymouth
Memo on methodology, updated cordon count sheets, analysis report
Feb-Mar 2023
Project Status
Key contact