In an effort to obtain a more accurate picture of bicycle travel in Seattle, SDOT reports that it is improving its bicycle counts by using a new program.
The new program, started last year, is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. The program conducts almost 10 times as many counts per year as were conducted previously.
The increased number of counts includes collecting data in all seasons and at various times of day, including counts on the weekend.
A total of 600 individual counts were conducted in 2011, identifying 30,771 bike trips.
Now, with a full year of data for 2011, SDOT has baseline information for 50 locations city-wide.
“We will soon have data compiled for the first quarter of 2012. As we compile data collected during the three remaining counts this year, it will be interesting to see how ridership may have varied from last year,” states SDOT. “The bicycle count data will be used for trend analysis, to help make decisions regarding street design and operation, and as a benchmark for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan.”
You can read more about the bicycle count program on SDOT’s website.