In Portland’s bicycle infrastructure repertoire, we have now added the bicycle counter. This may seem like a relatively un-important piece of infrastructure, but simply having a visible count of how many people are using bicycles – and not just during “commute” hours – is an important and impressive thing, I think.
More details about the counter and the opening ceremony for the counter can be found here at Bike Portland
Just a few quick details: the counter counts traffic both ways on the bridge, 24-hours per day, and records both the daily count, and the yearly count (up to 2 million). I’m not sure why they didn’t allow the yearly count to be a bit higher, as given daily totals so far, we’d hit 2 million in about 270 days, but that’s another story :)
I happened to be riding by after work the day it opened, and at about 4:55pm, it was (as you can see) at about 4,200. By 8pm, it had passed 6,000, and by the end of the day, it counted up over 7,400 people passing over the bridge by bicycle.
It will be interesting to follow this and see how it changes based on the weather, the season, different traffic conditions and whatnot. In any case, it’s pretty great to know there are over 7,000 people per day riding over just *one* of our many bridges on bicycles. Nothing to sneeze at, for sure.