You can COUNT on bike infrastructure getting more to ride!
If you’re reading this, you might have been one of the crucial volunteers who have made our efforts to count people walking and biking at various places in the City of Richmond as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. If you are, thanks so much! We started coordinating this effort to document walking and riding activity in May of 2014, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, we just wrapped up our fourth round of counts.
And guess what, the numbers are good.
Overall, ridership is up 34%. THIRTY FOUR PERCENT. Counting percents, that would take Sesame Street’s Count quite a while to get to.
Here are some highlights from our findings.
The following are locations that had newly built bike lanes. The graphs display count results from May 2014 to September 2015:
- Manchester Bridge saw a total increase in cyclists from May 2014 to September 2015. Compared to May of 2015, bicycling activity increased by 25%.
- Brookland Parkway had a seasonal increase of cyclists. Compared to September of 2014, bicycling activity increased by 70%.
- Virginia Capital Trail had a significant increase in cyclists over the span of May 2014 to September 2015. Compared to May 2015, bicycling increased by 241%.
- E Leigh Street/MLK Viaduct had a total increase in cyclists.
- W Leigh Street had a total increase in cyclists. Compared to May 2015, bicycling activity increased 90%.
The following are locations that have experienced a significant growth in active modes of transportation, some have existing bike lanes. The graphs display count results from May 2014 to September 2015:
- Brook Road had a 13% increase of cyclists compared to May 2015 data.
- Floyd Avenue between Meadow and Granby had an increase in bike and pedestrian activity. Compared to May 2015 data ridership increased by 54% and walking increased by 62%.
- Main Street between Adams and Foushee had a 54% increase in cyclists compared to May 2015 data.
- Boulevard Bridge had an increase in both bike and pedestrian activity. Compared to May 2015 data, ridership increased by 24% and walking increased by 4%.
For more information on these counts, shoot an email to Bike Walk RVA intern [email protected]!