First, I’d like to thank the many bicycle traffic verifiers that stepped up and helped collect this data! So many people signed up that I was able to match up 2 people per location and time in most cases. This not only helped get more accurate numbers, but helped build the bike community of Baltimore.
OK, the numbers:
1. Overall, 1354 bikes were counted over a 4 day period between September 7th and September 10th!
2. The highest bike count occurred at Falls Rd & Maryland Ave where 82 bikes rode by on Wednesday, Sept. 8th between 6:30 and 8:30 am.
3. During the same week in 2009, counts showed an average 250 cyclists a day. In 2010, 339 cyclists a day were counted! That’s a 35.6% INCREASE!
In addition to the numbers, I got to hear some cool stories from those counting. Tiffany James told me a lady rode by her shouting “I’m being counted!” Brian Laird also indicated that several cyclists acknowledged his efforts in the counts. I also had quite a few folks upset that we weren’t counting in their area. Not to worry, as the bike network expands, so will our count locations. If you have a spot that could use some counts, just comment below. Extending the morning counts to 9am was also recommended as many cyclists were observed after 8:30.
We’re going to perform bike counts again in January. Yes, January. If we’re seeing an increase during the fair weather, let’s set the baseline for the foul weather.
Thanks again for everyone that helped out and made this increase in bike traffic verifiable!