2012 Q1 Arlington Bike Counts – Double the Numbers!

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Originally posted on CommuterPageBlog.

Graph: Arlington bike counts February and March 2012
Click the picture to embiggen | Graph data table

The unseasonably warm weather that the DC region experienced this past winter is quite apparent in the numbers taken using Arlington County’s automated counters.The unseasonably warm weather that the DC region experienced this past winter is quite apparent in the numbers taken using Arlington County’s automated counters. Take a look at the above graph to see how bicycle ridership on the trails saw a huge spike from February to March, in some cases more than doubling! *Note that the steep decrease for March at W&OD Columbia Pike numbers was due in part to a counter malfunction.

But how does these numbers compare to year over year changes? Let’s take a look at February & March numbers from past years at our longest running counter on the Custis Trail at the top of the hill near Rosslyn:

February, 2010 – 933 (snowmageddon!)
February, 2011 – 12766
February, 2012 – 20968

March, 2010 – 23362
March, 2011 – 24027
March, 2012 – 37465
That’s a pretty impressive increase in 2012!


Graph data

Counter Location Feb. 2012 Count Mar. 2012 Count
CC Connector bikes only 8678 17301
Custis Bon Air bikes only 14172 26752
Custis Rosslyn bikes only 20968 37465
Key Bridge bikes only 30822 52011
MVT Airport bikes only 25313 53832
TR Island Bridge bikes only 17805 35831
W&OD Bon Air Park bikes only 11059 23558
W&OD Columbia PIke bikes only 9723 3060
W&OD East Falls Church bikes only 11467 24710

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