Cities Seek to Quantify Rise in Bicycle Ridership

Planners in cities across the country are installing electronic sensors to track how many people are making use of bike lanes and trails.
May 17, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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With bicycle use increasing in the U.S., planners are keen to quantify the increase and identify areas where more bicycle infrastructure may be necessary.

"[T]ransportation planners in states and municipalities across the USA are increasingly deploying high-tech sensors along bicycle and pedestrian paths to map trail, sidewalk and bike-lane use and assess future needs.

Planners have long collected data about the number of vehicles on major roads by placing rubber-strip counters across travel lanes, but those counters are generally unable to detect passing cyclists, says David Patton, a bicycle and pedestrian planner for Arlington County, Va."

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Published on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in USA Today
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