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September 2010 Bike Count Results


September 27th, 2010 | Categories: Counts | 9 comments

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!


  • John S

    How about counting cyclists at Penn Station? The first bank of racks (by the man/woman statue) have been filling up by about 7am the past few weeks. I ride Guilford from Charles Village to the train station every day (and I know I’m not the only one) but since the counting site was at Guilford and Mount Royal, I didn’t get counted.

  • http://bike.baltimorecommutes.com Nate Evans

    Good idea, John. We’re averaging 50 bikes a day at Penn Station, although we do need to clear out some of those abandoned bikes in the garage to get more accurate counts.

  • Anonymous

    Guilford & Centre St might be a good way to pick up Mt. Vernon cyclists that wouldn’t be counted at Mt. Royal.

  • Bill

    Hey there. Did you listen to the 9/16 Dianne Reim show interview on “Livable Cities”? Biking played a prominent role in the discussion. Check it out on WAMU’s website.

  • http://blog.cyclosity.com/ Liam

    Glad to help.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/pwilbert n0manarmy

    Count me in for January for Boston St. and Aliceanna Nate! I’d almost suggest trying to do Boston St. and Fleet as well, we saw a lot of people riding by that way too.

  • http://bike.baltimorecommutes.com Nate Evans

    If we could cover Boston, Fleet & Eastern, we’d definitely see numbers!

  • http://bike.baltimorecommutes.com Nate Evans

    Eric – In planning May’s counts, where do you think would be the best Mt. Vernon spot to catch downtown & Hopkins riders?

  • Anonymous

    I can only speak for myself, but the intersection of Center Street & Guilford would probably catch people heading south into downtown, as well as folks crossing over the I-83 “valley” to the East side / Harbor East / Fells Point. Lots of people ride on St. Paul that never make it over to Guilford, so something at Center & St. Paul would probably also make for an interesting post. Similarly, there are commuters on Maryland Ave/Cathedral Street.

    I’m not sure that was helfpul or hurtful.

 

 


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