Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project
About Arlington's Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts
Arlington County is establishing a system of permanent automatic counters that monitor bicycle and pedestrian numbers 24 hours a day at selected locations. In addition, volunteers have helped conduct bicycle and pedestrian counts on a seasonal basis for the last several years, to build a data baseline. These volunteer counts will continue, annually in September, as part of a national project to document walking and cycling transportation. Collecting better data on usage and demand is essential to building long-term support for walking and cycling, and improving conditions for those who choose to walk and ride bikes. More information about the project can be found at the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project page.
Count locations include shared use paths, urban sidewalks and intersections, and on-road bike lanes. Volunteers track not only the number of people traveling at a given location, but also observe direction of travel, helmet use, and other information. Arlington County staff provide training and materials. Many of the locations are easily accessible by Metro.
If you have question or are interested in helping with this effort please email Arlington County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner, David Patton.