Last week, 20-25 volunteers took to the cold, winter streets to verify Baltimore’s bicycle traffic. Counts were taken between 7:30 and 9:30 am and from 4 pm to 6 pm Tuesday, January 11th through Thursday, January 13th. Locations of the counts were at Falls Rd & Maryland Ave, Guilford Ave & Mt. Royal Ave, Aliceanna St & Boston St, Frederick Ave & the Gwynns Falls Trail.
If you didn’t notice, there was a little snowstorm on Wednesday which kept some folks from riding to work.
So, here’s the data:
- 287 bikes were counted in the 3 day period
- Falls & Maryland (as typical) saw the most traffic, but the highest count per period was at Guilford & Mt. Royal where 28 cyclists passed there Tuesday morning
- Counts were 13%-43% of September’s numbers, but this should NOT be interpretted as an overall decrease in bike traffic. These numbers are Baltimore’s winter bike traffic baseline. All future winter counts will be compared to these numbers.
- Non-use of helmets ranged from 17%-48%. Why wouldn’t you want to wear a helmet in winter? Its added protection from the cold, let alone the spills.
- These numbers are limited to the locations and times of the counts. When riding around town last week, I saw many people riding that were no where near the count locations. I’m always open to hearing new count locations. If you have an idea, please let me know.
Thanks again to our many VOLUNTEERS for being out there counting bikes in the cold! Tracking the city’s progress through traffic counts can not be done without you! The next chance to count bikes is coming when its MUCH nicer out: MAY 10th -12th (during BIKE MONTH)