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Bicycle Traffic Counts
THIS SATURDAY + SUNDAY 04/12-13/2014
Nerd out with the ABC’s bike count data and bike app innovation at this weekend's Transportation Camp South & Govathon
Transportation Camp and Govathon
This weekend marks the 9th Transportation Camp, an “unconference” that has taken place in half a dozen North American cities, where attendees will propose the conference sessions on Saturday morning and collaborate throughout the day. Transportation Camp will be paired with the 3rd Atlanta Govathan, a hackathon created by the City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, and Startup Atlanta which brings folks together to help solve problems affecting our government and community through creating everything from websites and mobile apps to designing other types of innovative products and services. According to the event developers the result of the weekend will be “a series of tangible, technology-based solutions to our most pressing transportation challenges.”
Hacking to improve biking in Atlanta
As part of Govathon the ABC’s 2009-2013 bike count data—both manual and pneumatic tube—will be available. We are seeking innovative ways to process, interpret, and present the data. What kinds of questions can we answer with the data? What is the state of biking in Atlanta today? How can the bike count data be paired with census data or American Community Survey data? How should the data be mapped? How should data be collected in the future?
So put on your thinking (and collaboration) caps and join us this weekend! More information can be found at the Transportation Camp and Govathon registration website. The event is being hosted in the Clough Building on the Georgia Tech Campus and begins at 8:30am on Saturday with breakfast.
Where have we conducted counts in the past? Glad you asked! Here is a map of where we've collected data:
Key: Yellow = a proposed count location. Blue = counted in years past. Green = counted in years past and 2012.
View Bike Counts 2009 - 2012 in a larger map
As bicycle commuting grows across Atlanta and the country, the lack of data on bicycle traffic impedes our cities' and counties' abilities to provide bicycle infrastructure to meet the growing demand. That's why ABC starting conducting bicycle traffic counts in spring 2008. Our biannual bicycle traffic counts have proven extremely useful in prioritizing future bike transportation projects, addressing safety concerns, and guiding our education and advocacy programs. Please see the attached report with interesting statistics on our bike counts. More analysis coming soon. We'd like to thank the volunteers who work tirelessly on these counts for their time, energy, and analytical skills!
If your local government would like to have similar data, ABC can conduct bicycle traffic counts for you. Our scope of services and fee structure are below.
1. Conduct manual bicycle counts: two hour counts during AM and PM peak commute periods (x number of intersections)
Cost: $20/hour (=$80/day) x number of intersections
2. Conduct 3 minute survey of passing bicyclists (~25% stop to take survey)
3. Data summary: create spreadsheet with count data; code surveys in online form for client's review.
Dates: these counts cannot be conducted during our Atlanta bike traffic counts. We recommend biannual counts in spring and summer per the national guidelines suggested by the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (bikepeddocumentation.org).