From Tuesday, January 10 through Thursday, January 12, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation conducted its latest round of bicycle counts. The work counting bikes on the winter days was done by 26 volunteers, all of whom deserve a lot of thanks for braving the elements to ensure that we could track the growth of bicycling in Baltimore.
Bicycles were counted from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the following locations: Falls Road & Maryland Avenue, Guilford Avenue & Mt. Royal Avenue, Aliceanna Street & Boston Street, Pratt Street & South Street, Keswick Road & Wyman Park Drive, and at bike racks at Penn Station. The locations were selected to gauge ridership along some of the major commuting routes, recognizing that a large proportion of the City’s bicyclists never pass by these points. Listed below are some of the relevant numbers from the counts and comparisons between the numbers from January 2011 and January 2012 at the three locations counted both times.
- Total bikes counted: 1,466
- Change from January 2011: 137% increase
- Bikes parked at Penn Station: 135
- Location with the biggest increase: Aliceanna & Boston (185% increase)
- Largest Single Count: 122 (Pratt & South, Thurs. evening)
- Percentage of Female Cyclists: 17%
- Highest Percentage of Female Cyclists: Pratt & South (23%)
- Helmet Use: 67%
- Most Helmet Use: Keswick & Wyman Park (75%)
- Least Helmet Use: Aliceanna & Boston (49%)
- Use of Lights (during dark time periods): 36%
The fact that more than twice as many bicyclists were counted as last year is an indicator of just how much bicycling is growing in Baltimore. Documenting this change is an essential part of the effort to improve conditions for bicycling in Baltimore. Counts at even more locations will be taking place in May and a lot of volunteers will be needed to help collect data.
Thanks to all of those who helped out and to everyone continuing to commute by bike through the winter.