In the final part of my year in review – and which counts as the last post of the year I’m going to look back on the blog.
I think it’s fair to say that this has been a massive year for the blog from pretty much any measure you look at (and plenty of things that can’t be measured). We’ve seen the number of people reading and interacting with the blog increase throughout the year. Here are some stats for the year:
- We’ve published 794 posts (including this one) an average of just over 2 per day. That’s almost exactly 100 posts more than we published in 2012 (695)
- We’ve had ~36,000 comments, about 14,000 more than 2012
- We’ve had about 1.9 million page views, up from about 1.2 million in 2012. That’s an average of over 5,100 per day. The graph below shows the number of page views we’ve had each month
- On a typical weekday we will now see 6,000-7,500 page views and 2,000-3,000 unique visitors Both figures drop by ~40% on weekend days.
- We’ve seen new records for the number of page views in a single day multiple times throughout the year. It currently sits at 11,258 which the 9th of July, the day we launched the Congestion Free Network.
- Unsurprisingly 85% of all of our page views come from New Zealand IP addresses followed by Australia (5%), United Kingdom (3%) and United States (2%). No other country made it above 0.5%.
- The most linked to site was the NZ Herald.
- The top 10 viewed posts that were published this year are:
- Auckland Transformed: The Congestion Free Network
- Council Election Results
- Skypath Passed (and how it will connect)
- Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry timetable
- Locals still opposing Skypath
- Our First Electric Train
- New Network Consultation Starts This Week
- More info on the East-West Link
- A ride on our first Double Decker
- Apartments aren’t the only 3 storey buildings
- The top 5 most commented on posts were:
The thing that I personally have been most proud of this year has to have been the Congestion Free Network. We came up with the idea as we didn’t like the direction the official plans were heading and we wanted to show that it is possible to have a high quality and extensive core PT network made up of rail lines and bus ways. We carefully costed it out using information gathered from official reports or similar projects that have been built in the city so that we could comfortably say that wouldn’t cost the earth to build compared with what is currently planned. We also engaged with our friends at Generation Zero who helped to design the maps and other graphics for the CFN, they have also helped to push the idea far and wide. However I think the thing that has resonated most with people is not so much the details but that it actually creates a vision for Auckland that they can understand, relate to and get behind.
Since we launched it, Patrick or I have given numerous presentations about the CFN to a wide variety of audiences from government ministers down to industry conferences to local community groups. The one thing that has perhaps surprised me the most about it all has been the positive comments and support that we’ve had from most people about the idea, particularly those in the industry which has included numerous people in the even the construction and freight industries (including the agreement we need to cut back on road building). It was also heartening to see earlier in the month three separate councillors mention the CFN completely unprompted when the debate about the East-West link came to the councils Infrastructure Committee.
Over 2014 you can definitely expect to hear more about the CFN as we’ve been asked to present on it to the Auckland Transport Board in February as they get ready to go through the process of a new Integrated Transport Plan.
To everyone, thanks so much for reading (and interacting) with the blog. I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year and I look forward to 2014.
Note: tomorrow I’ll give a rundown of some of the big things we can expect from 2014.
I’d just like to add a big thanks and round of applause for Matt who has been shouldering the the bulk of the post writing and moderating work here. He has also proved himself to be a very insightful analyst and chartologist of urban and transport trends in this most interesting of times. I’m sure the rest of the team share this sentiment, well done Matt, you’re helping make Auckland a better place- cheers Patrick.