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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bicycle Traffic Counter Could Come to Market Street by Bike to Work Day | SF Streets Blog


An SFBC rendering of the bike counter coming to Market Street's eastbound approach to Ninth Street.
San Francisco will get its first bicycle traffic counter within the next month. The SF Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors sealed the deal yesterday on a bike counter for Market Street between Ninth and Tenth Streets.
The Market Street bicycle counter. Image: SFMTA
Bike counters, which have been installed on major cycling streets in cities likeCopenhagenPortland, Seattle, and Montreal, help the city get an accurate count of bike traffic and promote bicycling by showing that number on a digital display. Every time someone bikes by, the number ticks up. SF’s bike counter will show daily and annual counts of how many people have biked on eastbound Market approaching Ninth.
“The installation of this innovative bicycle barometer comes at a critical moment in San Francisco,” said SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin in a statement. “As more and more San Franciscans are using a bicycle as part of their everyday commute, this visual bike counter will raise awareness of the positive impact bicycling has on traffic congestion, air quality and personal health.”

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