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Bicyclist Count Program
Overview: The Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Program launched an annual program in Fall 2011 to count the number bicyclists at judiciously chosen locations. The purpose is to create consistent data long term on city-wide bicycle usage. Counts will be collected at 36 intersections, 19 by the City of Oakland and others by Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). ACTC has a county-wide, and MTC a regional, program to count bicyclists and pedestrians. The City’s counts are being coordinated with these other efforts to produce consistent data, avoid duplication and provide more geographic coverage.
- Map: counts intersections
- Results of 2012 counts:
- Results of 2011 counts:
Methodology: Collect turning movement counts for bicyclists and motor vehicles and collect pedestrian counts by crossing leg. The counts include pedestrians crossing within 50 feet of the intersection. Bicyclists are counted by the number of people, not the number of bicycles. For example, a tandem with two riders is counted as two bicyclists. Similarly, a parent and a child on one bicycle are counted as two bicyclists. Counts include all roadway users such that mode share per intersection may be calculated. Counts are completed during the second full week of September on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Saturday counts on the weekend before or after will be collected for locations of primarily recreational use. For 2011, the count days were September 10, 13-15 and 17. Weekday counts are collected from 4:00-6:00pm. Saturday counts are collected from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Intersection Selection: The chosen locations are “gateways” because of their proximity to downtown and major transit stations and because of how the street grid channelizes users through these intersections. The locations are geographically dispersed throughout Oakland. They include a mix of roadway conditions to capture a range of bicyclists: existing and proposed bikeways, commuter and recreational bicyclists, arterial streets and local streets. All locations are the intersection of existing and/or proposed bikeways.
|Counts by the City||Counts by ACTC & MTC|
Coordination with National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project: Oakland’s bicycle count program will contribute to the national documentation project, and thereby conforms to the national methodology where feasible. Oakland’s program deviates in the following ways:
- Recommended Times: NBPD recommends weekday counts from 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday counts from 12:00-2:00pm. Oakland will collect weekday counts from 4:00-6:00pm to conform with past counts and Oakland’s established practice for traffic impact studies. Oakland will collect Saturday counts from 10:00am-12:00pm given an anticipated peak hour in late morning for recreational bicycling in the Oakland Hills.
- Number of Count Locations: NBPD recommends one count per 15,000 population. Oakland’s population of approximately 400,000 translates into a recommendation of approximately 27 locations. In cooperation with the ACTC and MTC, Oakland has 36 count locations.