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    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012 edited
    I just downloaded a free COUNTER app for my smartphone. I've been inspired by the Metrolink staff who counted and recounted many bikes aboard the train at the last cicLAvia. They used a clicker counter. Also, I heard that 500 cyclists PER HOUR ride along PCH in Carlsbad. Of course, this could have been measured the one day during the summer time where there was an event like BikeMS. Since I'd like to sit down at a coffee shop or anywhere else to watch people on bikes and or foot, my goal will be to do the count in different times of day on a weekend for start. So I will record date, time of day, duration of count, weather conditions along with the bike count. Not sure how to bring this data together but I am doing it to satisfy my own curiosity.

    Stephan:This Friday afternoon, show up on your bike to be part of a press event unveiling a significant new regional bike and pedestrian monitoring program.

    Bikes Count is a bicycle-counter project sponsored by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego State University and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Bicycle counters were recently installed in streets and along bike routes countywide, tallying the number of cyclists (and pedestrians in some locations). These results will lead to informed decisions on future bicycle-related enhancements throughout San Diego County. This is the largest regional network of bicycle-counters in the nation. From the press release:

    Bikes Count Media Event
    Friday, Dec. 14 1 p.m.
    Balboa Park (southeast corner of Sixth and Laurel)
    Distinguished speakers, project overview and cyclists, in a media event that begins in Balboa Park and culminates in a ride-by of the installed bicycle counter one block away on Fifth Avenue, south of Laurel Street.

    Hope to see you there.
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012 edited
    Finally Getting Serious About Measuring How Much People Walk and Bike

    As you might expect, given the billions America spends on highways, measuring the activity of motorists is practically an industry unto itself.

    Photo: Kitsapsun

    But data collection on walking and biking is much less rigorous. In most American cities, measuring active transportation consists of recruiting some volunteers to spend a few hours once a year standing at an intersection counting bikes. As a result, very little good data about how many cyclists and pedestrians are out there using the streets and sidewalks is available.

    “The current state of bike/ped counts is way behind where it should be,” said Darren Flusche, policy director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We know a lot about how to count cars but not a lot about how to count bikes.”

    The state of bike/ped data may soon improve. For the first time this year, the Federal Highway Administration has issued recommendations for “non-motorized” groups in its Traffic Monitoring Guide PDF. States and localities still have to want to collect data — there’s no one forcing them to do it — but this will be the first time that the “bible” for traffic counts even contemplates cyclists and pedestrians in its guidance.
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    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2012 edited
    Do we know where are all these automatic counters located?

    Devices To Count Number Of Bicyclists On Streets Installed In San Diego

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    City News Service

    Devices that tally the number of bicyclists on streets and along bike paths have been installed in 14 cities in San Diego County, with plans for more in the works, county officials announced today.

    Bikes on a San Diego street.



    Bikes on a San Diego street.

    Planners, engineers and cycling advocates were looking for accurate counts of bicyclists, and pedestrians in some areas, so they could develop new facilities like bike lanes and paths. The counts could lead to a more balanced and healthy transportation system that supports active living, county officials said.

    "Bicycling and walking are easy ways to increase daily physical activity to stay healthy and reduce the chances of getting a chronic disease,'' said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county's Child Health Medical Officer.

    "Collecting this information helps promote bicycle riding and increases choices for everyone to include biking and walking in their routines.''

    Through the "Bikes Count'' project, counters had been installed in 28 locations in mostly urban areas. County officials planned to install additional counters.

    "This project moves us closer to integrating cycling into mainstream planning, and transforming San Diego County into a cycling region,'' SDSU Professor Sherry Ryan said.

    The project is funded by "Healthy Works,'' which began in 2010 with a county-administered grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focused on preventing obesity.

    According to the county, Bikes Count is the largest regional bicycle-counting project in the country. The county's Health and Human Services agency sponsored it, along with San Diego State University and the San Diego Association of Governments.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2012 edited
    You can find a map and a table describing the locations at the Active Transportation Research Web site
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2012 edited
    Thank you Stephan for providing the website. There is a map and a detailed location table. Most use ZELT inductive loops. I have seen it and mistaken these for traffic light inductive triggers.

    Map ->>>

    ZELT Inductive Loops
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2012
    An article BikeSD wrote last November about the bike counters in San Diego last Nov 2012.

    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2012
    When an accident happens, does the emergency personnel at the scene record details of the accident? If so, is such data available to the public? It does not seem unreasonable for a citizen to expect the presence of both services.

    I would like to be able to call up a detailed map with color coded streets/intersections (a la Google Maps Traffic, for example) identifying the number of accidents and type of user (e.g., motorist, bicyclist, pedestrian, etc.) for the City of San Diego.

    It seems to me that if we we are counting traffic we should also be counting and monitoring accidents: With these two stats one could calculate the accident rate, and hence identify locations where remedies may be needed the most.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2012
    Not exactly what you are looking for Sigurd, but you can see bicycle crashes from 1998 - 2007 mapped in the Healthy Communities Atlas produced by SANDAG. The data are from the Statewide Traffic Reporting System (SWTRS.) With traffic counts happening at a limited number of sites, we would only know rates for those sites, but as we collect more data, we'll be able to make more intelligent inferences about rates around the region.
    Cross Reference from NEWS Thread:

    A camera with bike-detection software is seen mounted next to a stoplight at the intersection of West Grape Street and Harbor Drive, July 11, 2017.
    Photo by Guillermo Sevilla / KPBS

    San Diego Confronts Bad Data From Bike-Counting Cameras
    Andrew Bowen July 24, 2017
    But the need for good data on biking is especially dire in San Diego, where the mayor and City Council have committed to tripling the share of bike commuters in certain parts of the city by 2020.

    "We need to monitor where we are in relationship to our goals," said Brian Genovese, a city traffic engineer who works on the city's bike program. "Right now our program is designing improvements to our bikeways, and we need to know if we're attracting an increased ridership based on those improvements."
    Samantha Ollinger, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group BikeSD, said she was pleased the city was investing in bike-counting technology. But, she said, if the city had been quicker to install and calibrate the cameras, it could have three years of good data on bicycling.

    "To not have good data, or to have buggy data that they aren't able to make good decisions on — it seems sort of a lost opportunity," she said. "I feel like a lot of other cities have solved the problem of how to count bike traffic."

    Above: A bicyclist rides over a bike counter on 5th Avenue in Bankers Hill, July 12, 2017.
    Photo by Nicholas McVicker / KPBS

    San Diego Regional Bike Counters Up For Adoption
    Andrew Bowen July 25, 2017
    Two of the bike counters are located on 4th and 5th Avenues in Bankers Hill, where SANDAG is planning to upgrade painted bike lanes to "cycle tracks." That type of bike facility provides cyclists with a physical barrier to protect them from moving vehicles.

    Kluth said the counters could help validate the idea already supported by research that protected bike lanes are far more effective at attracting ridership than painted lanes.

    "That is the goal in the long term, to be able to help us figure out where projects should go, what kind of return did we get on this kind of investment," he said.
    ... the data from the counters show some reliable trends: People bike and walk more in summer months than in winter, for example. Also, people are far more likely to bike on streets with safer conditions, slower speeds and lower traffic volumes.

    For example, bike counters on La Jolla Boulevard, which for nearly 10 years has had a set of traffic-calming roundabouts, show more than three times the average daily ridership than bike counters on Vista Village Drive, a six-lane arterial road with high vehicle speeds.

    "The two environments are attracting different levels of cycling," Ryan said. "And so as planners, we want to understand why, and what makes for a comfortable location corridor for cyclists to ride along, and how do we build more of those."
    Hello Bike Friends,

    Please consider supporting this fun and worthwhile event, 'PB Counts'. It would be fabulous to have a few volunteers help support these efforts. RSVP to Chris Olson ( to volunteer or for more information.


    Nicole Burgess
    BAC District-2 Representative
    Bike Walk San Diego: District 2

    Complete Streets – PB Pathway
    Complete streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. The current focus for beautifulPB is PB Pathways, a network of safe neighborhood routes encouraging people to walk, bike or skate to their destinations with traffic calming measures and other features to improve safety.

    Volunteer to make our streets safer!
    PB Counts IV - Saturday, August 11th, 2018 3-5pm
    It just takes 2 1/2 hours on a Saturday afternoon. Bring a beach chair, sit under a shade tree with a cool drink and a friend and count bikes, pedestrians, skaters, scooters and cars. This is how we justify safety improvements and measure their success!

    PB Counts - IV

    • WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
    • WHERE: RSVP, then meet at corner of Cass St. and Felspar St. (4549 Cass St. Pacific Beach) at 2:30 PM
    • COST: Free! Volunteers get Free beautifulPB SWAG!
    • WHAT: Help count the number of bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders, and cars that are traversing on PB Pathways