Pedestrian & Bicycle Counts

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner

 

"What gets counted, counts." Until recently, we have had very little data about how many people are walking and bicycling, and where. To address this, we collect bicycle and pedestrian counts across the county each September. The counts follow the methodology developed by the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project and are used for several purposes:
 

  • To provide data that can be tracked over time to determine trends--e.g. how many more people are walking or bicycling after a project is completed compared to before; how many women are bicycling compared to men; how many bicyclists wear helmets, etc.
     
  • To determine crash rates and ‘hot spots’ for safety improvements. We have crash data, but need ‘exposure data’. If we know how many people are walking or bicycling in various locations, we can create crash rates (crashes per pedestrian or bicyclist volume) to better compare high-crash areas.
     
  • To prioritize locations for improvements, based on where the most people are walking and bicycling.
     
  • To draw attention to the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists—to show that there are people walking and bicycling, at all times of the year, in many different places, and that they deserve adequate facilities, safety, and support.
     

Approximately 30 locations are counted for two hours on a weekday (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) from 4-6 pm, and on a Saturday from 12-2 pm. Counts are done at ‘screenlines’ (along a street or trail) and at intersections. At screenlines, the counter simply tallies each person that crosses in front of them on the street or trail.

The counts are conducted by volunteers from the our Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and other groups, but additional volunteers are needed!  Volunteers benefit from seeing their community from a different perspective, participating in research that will be used by the County, and thinking about walking and bicycling as forms of transportation that deserve good planning. We provide training and count forms for volunteers.

To assist with our pedestrian and bicycle counts, please contact us.

We recently began testing other count methods, including video counters and bicycle-specific count tubes. We are also exploring options for a smartphone/tablet counting app for our manual counts.

*Unless otherwise noted, all count data and forms are in .pdf format*

Count Data:

Sep. 2018 count data
Sep. 2012-Sep. 2018 countywide table & charts

Count Forms:

Count Instructions 
Google Maps Screenshot
Screenline Count Form- Road 
Screenline Count Form- Rail Trail
Intersection Count Form Instructions
Intersection Count Form 
 


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