No more guessing, extrapolating or spinning: Seattle now takes a 24/7/365 count of bicycles on the Fremont Bridge, believed to be the state’s most popular cycle crossing.
The city unveiled its 7-foot-high cycle counter Thursday. City staff expect up to 1 million bicycles will pass by it in a year. Bikes are detected by a sensor in the sidewalk, then the counter adds +1 to the digital display. A vertical thermometer-shaped display shows cumulative bike trips for the year.
The $30,000 device, by Eco-Counter of Montreal, was funded by the Mark and Susan Torrance Foundation, procured by Cascade Bicycle Club, and given to the city. It is at the west sidewalk, facing people who are heading toward downtown.
It is the second in the U.S., after Portland’s began operating on the Hawthorne Bridge in August. Past Seattle Times coverage is here.
Seattle Department of Transportation will use the data to guide its bicycle planning, and to encourage people to “Ride Up and Be Counted.” The city will post daily counts at this website, which showed 3,037 trips on opening day. Counts are updated at 5 a.m.