November 28


How States and Cities Count Bicycling and Walking

By Mike Spack

November 28, 2014

Bike Counts, Data Collection, Ped Counts

Bike Counts, Pedestrian Counts, How to GuideThe Alliance for Biking & Walking put together a 2014 Benchmarking Report for Walking & Bicycling in the United States.  You can read a summary HERE.

Minneapolis, Minnesota is very high in the rankings for collecting bicycling and walking data, which is an outgrowth of their strategic goal to improve as a multi-modal city.

I’m proud to have played a small part in improving bicycle and pedestrian data collection in Minnesota.  Using the COUNTcam, we collected pedestrian and bicycle data at the 700+ traffic signal controlled intersections in Minneapolis.  We’ve included pedestrian and bicycle data with all of our turning movement counts since we switched to using the COUNTkit system about four years ago.

Customers are starting to hire us to count bicyclists and pedestrians at sidewalks/trails as well as street crossings without actually counting cars.  I didn’t foresee this type of data collection, but we’re able to to provide this data cheaply.  We can do a 24 hour trail count with about an hour and a half of staff time in the office by counting the data at 20x speed.

So far, the COUNTkit system is the most cost-effective system I know of for collecting pedestrian and bicycle data.

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