Since 2007, the Minneapolis Public Works Department has conducted annual bicyclist and pedestrian traffic counts at locations throughout the City. Minneapolis partners with Transit for Livable Communities to conduct the counts.
The counts are conducted by trained volunteers during the second week of September. Most counts are conducted from 4:00-6:00 p.m. or 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and estimates are used to calculate daily traffic over a 24-hr period. To determine annual changes in non-motorized traffic, Public Works counts 30 benchmark locations for bicyclists and 23 benchmark locations for pedestrians. Public Works has over 300 additional non-motorized locations that are counted once every three years. Data are also available for over 100 historical locations where special counts were conducted.
From 2007-2012, the number of pedestrians counted increased 22%. To date, the busiest locations for walking are on Nicollet Mall north of 7th Street South with 20,320 pedestrians and Washington Avenue SE west of Union Street SE with 19,990 pedestrians.
If you would like to volunteer for an upcoming September count, please contact Simon Blenski at 612-333-1274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count Reports
2012 Count Report (new)
Pedestrian Traffic Maps
2012 Traffic Map (new)
Count Forms & Methodology
Last updated Mar. 1, 2013