City's annual count of bike and pedestrian traffic is Sept. 10–12
If you’re out walking or bicycling in Minneapolis Sept. 10-12, you may notice folks with clipboards. They’re volunteers helping gather bike and pedestrian data for the City’s seventh annual bike and pedestrian traffic survey.
On those three days, approximately 100 volunteers will be stationed around town to help the Public Works Department get a picture of daily non-motorized traffic at locations throughout the city. That data gathered during the three-day count is used to track changes and trends in biking and walking in Minneapolis and help the City plan future infrastructure improvements.
Prior to the survey, volunteers participate in a short training session to ensure they gather and categorize data consistently. On the survey day, volunteers work two-hour shifts between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., with most of the volunteers counting between 4 and 6 p.m.
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 more than 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.
Minneapolis and Transit for Livable Communities have conducted the survey every September since 2007.
The 2012 count yielded these findings:
- The number of bicyclists counted at 30 benchmark locations increased 56 percent from 2007 to 2012.
- The number of pedestrians counted at 23 benchmark locations increased 22 percent from 2007 to 2012.
- Bike traffic is heaviest near the University of Minnesota campus. The busiest on-street location is SE 15th Avenue north of SE University Avenue with 4,310 bicycle trips. The busiest off-street location is the upper deck of the Washington Avenue Bridge with 7,370 trips.
- The top three walking locations are: 1) Nicollet Mall north of 7th St S (20,320), 2) Washington Ave. SE west of Union St. SE (19,990) and 3) Washington Ave. SE bridge (19,710).
For more information
- To view the reports, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/data.
- To learn more about walking and bicycling in Minneapolis, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.
- Contact bike planner Simon Blenski at 612-616-7345 or [email protected].
Published Sep 4, 2013