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Bike Commuter Traffic Increases Again in Baltimore

September 28th, 2011 | Categories: People, Programs | 8 comments

The Department of Transportation conducted its (almost) quarterly bicycle commuter traffic counts from September 13th -15th, 2011.  Special thanks go out to the 33 volunteers who collected this information!  All the stats below would not be possible without your commitment!

Bikes were counted at Falls Rd & Maryland Ave, Guilford Ave & Mt. Royal Ave, Aliceanna St & Boston St, Fleet St & President St, Keswick Ave & Wyman Park Drive, St. Paul St. & Centre St., Frederick Ave & Gwynns Falls Trail, Frederick Ave & Athol Rd and the bike racks at Penn Station.

Total Bikes Counted: 2117
Percentage Increase from Sept 2010: 5.7%
Total Riders Counted: 1965
Total Bikes at Penn Station: 152
Location with Most Increase: Guilford & Mt. Royal (16% – and this is before any bicycle boulevard or Jones Falls Trail improvements)

Percentage Female Riders: 28% (average)
Percentage Female Increase from Sept 2010: 8%

Highest Count: 116 (Falls & Maryland, Sept 13th 4-6 pm)
Lowest Count: 4 (Frederick & Athol, Sept 15th, 7-9 am)

Helmet Use Increase: 1%
Most Helmet Use: Wyman Park & Keswick (77%)
Least Helmet Use: Aliceanna & Boston (44%, which still isn’t all that bad)

The next bicycle counts will take place January 10th – 12th, 2012

  • Dukiebiddle

    Good news all around, and good to see the count numbers contradict the Census claim that there has been a 30% decrease, but:

    “and this is before any bicycle boulevard… improvements [on Guilford Ave.]”

    There still aren’t any bicycle boulevard improvements.

  • Dukiebiddle

    Oops.  Never mind.  I misread.  I see you’re agreeing and that the higher counts are occurring even without any bike boulevard improvements.

  • jjsebalt

    Definitely good news, glad to see that the numbers are going up all around.  Out of curiosity, is the raw data for these being posted anywhere?

  • Nate Evans

    Got word this morning that ‘marking’ for the minircircles has begun on Guilford!  

  • Nate Evans

    Its a little complex to post, but is available from DOT Planning

  • Dukiebiddle

    I saw them yesterday afternoon. :)  Also, there were markings for new bump-out curb extensions at Guilford and North Ave., and the median on Guilford had markings for a wider cut-out.

  • blackeye

    Is the design for these improvements available online anywhere? Looking at the markings, I’m still unclear on how things are going to work at Guilford and North. This is a dangerous area with drivers often making fast right turns onto Guilford from North…I’ve almost gotten clipped several times. It feels pretty vulnerable to be standing there waiting to cross in the way of oncoming traffic turning onto Guilford. Is the improvement going to be some sort of protective curbing for waiting cyclists?

  • Nate Evans

    Yes, there will be a protective curbed area for cyclists waiting to cross North Avenue.  The outlines of the curbed are on the ground



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