Wednesday, 10/3 UPDATE:
Bike counter unveiling delayed
It’s here, it’s finally here! The bike counter we announced on Bike to Work Day in May is being installed on the Fremont Bridge this week.
Come one, bike all! You are officially invited to the unveiling on Thursday at 11 and be among the first counted with the new counter.
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is donating the bike counter to the City of Seattle with funding from the Mark & Susan Torrance Foundation for the project. We are grateful for the Torrance Foundation’s interest in supporting our mission of creating a better community through bicycling and to helping increase the visibility of bicycling in our city.
Cascade will cover the cost of the counter installation, and cover some initial administrative overhead and maintenance during the first year of operation.
Initially, we expected the counter to be the first one installed in the United States, however damage done during shipping delayed the project from its initial July date. In the meantime, Portland got the jump and installed its counter on the Hawthorne Bridge in August.
The Fremont Bridge is an appropriate location as it carries the most bicycle traffic of any bridge Seattle and Washington. Manual statewide bike counts take place annually in Washington and citywide in Seattle during morning and evening commute times, thanks to dedicated, clipboard-wielding volunteers. With the use of bike counters, we may get a more comprehensive picture of how many trips are being taken by bicycle throughout the day and the year.