Seattle’s second automated bicycle counter will be turned on late next week, at the east approach to the low West Seattle Bridge. The Eco-Counter is shown here wrapped in black.
Don Brubeck, co-founder of West Seattle Bike Connections, predicts the West Seattle counter will show 600 to 800 trips on rainy days and 1,000 to 1,500 trips on warm days. He said the device is well-positioned to record westside to downtown commuters, but will miss people riding to South Park and other areas west of the Duwamish River.
The device uses magnetic loops in the trail to record each pass, just like the counter installed in October at the Fremont Bridge, the state’s busiest bicycle crossing. An average 2,405 bikes a day have passed there, with a record 5,121 on Tuesday this city chart shows.
The financing for the West Seattle counter will be similar to the $30,000 Fremont project, which is funded privately by the Mark and Susan Torrance Foundation, working with the Cascade Bicycle Club. But it should be cheaper because the West Seattle counter is mounted on land instead of a bridge deck, said Rick Sheridan, spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation.