Getting Started: Deciding on Counting Program Outcomes

Many park and recreation professionals face the challenge of selecting between a large number of data sources. A 2016 NRPA research survey found that 27 percent of parks and recreation professionals find the amount of data available overwhelming.

When it comes to adding a counting program to the many sources of data available to understand visitors and trail users, focusing on the main desired outcomes is a good place to start. A study on monitoring trail use identified deciding on both who will be using the data and for what purpose as the first step for beginning to collect count data.

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Case Study: Optimizing Trail Widths in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sizing trail widths to maximize safety and minimize conflicts is a process that benefits from accurate data. The number of trail users and the mix of transportation modes is important information when it comes to determining trail widths.

City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation uses six automatic counters to record the number of cyclists and pedestrians on local trails. “In Sioux Falls we have over 30 miles of shared use trails, including a 20-mile continuous loop that circles the city,” explains Mike Patten, Park Development Specialist. This past year, one million trail users were counted.

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Contribute to the Eco-Counter 2016 Worldwide Cycling Index!

We are just two months away from Velo-City 2017 in Nijmegen, and are excited to be unveiling the third edition of our Worldwide Cycling Index. This index measures the overall progression of total bicycle traffic by both country and city. To make sure your city makes it into the Index, send us your bicycle count data before May 12th!

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May is the Month of Motion! Bike Events You Won’t Want to Miss

The month of May is an exciting time of year for cyclists – the weather is warmer and bike events are plentiful. Many events and activities will be taking place from coast to coast promoting active transportation to get to work and to have fun!

Read on for several May bike events to celebrate the season and active transportation.

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Six Summer Bike Trip Ideas in North America

As the days get sunnier and warmer, summer plans become top of mind. Deciding on a bike route to base a bike trip on can be a great way to travel if you love cycling. There is a vast array of routes and greenway networks that offer something unique for the cyclist enthusiast and nature lover alike.

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The Counts Are In! Over 330,000 Users Counted at Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail  runs along the Spokane River and is known among Spokane, Washington  locals for its popularity.

Counting pedestrians and cyclists help to prove assumptions regarding trail use and the value of trails to the community. Over 330,000 trail users were counted for a period of just over a year and a half. Using Eco-Counter’s MULTI counting systems, it was possible to determine that over two-thirds of trail users were pedestrians.

Several findings were made based on the data. From June through August, there were approximately 14,000 users each month and bicycle use peaked in July.

>> Read more about Centennial Trail’s counts in The Spokesman Review

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Eco-Counter: a Great Place to Work!

It’s official! According to Great Place to Work, Eco-Counter’s headquarters based in Lannion (Brittany) was ranked as one of France’s Best Workplaces in 2017. This is our first time participating in the ceremony and we ranked 44th!

This ranking is based on a survey that was conducted in December, 2016 that found 94% of Eco-Counter’s employees are considering the company a “great place to work”.

The full list of the Best Workplaces in France with between 50 and 500 employees is available on Great Place to Work’s website.

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Ask a Tech: Are specialty bikes accurately counted?

Specialty bikes, such as carbon bikes, fat bikes and bamboo bikes, are not frequently found on your average road or trail. With unconventional materials and construction tailored to unique needs, can these bikes be counted by automatic counters? Read on to learn more about how they can be counted using the ZELT Inductive Loop system.

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Five Benefits of Counting Cyclists for Business Districts

How does your downtown district move? Making a district easy to explore by bike brings benefits to both public health and businesses. The “feet on the street” can be increased by promoting cycling. Cyclists can make short trips without the worry of parking, which means more convenience purchases than other modes of transport.

Research by Portland State University showed that cyclists in the  Portland, OR metropolitan area spent the highest amount per month on convenience and bar purchases when compared to other transportation modes, and the second most on restaurant purchases.

Cyclist traffic data can inform strategies to increase cycling to businesses. Counting cyclists provides a way to measure how frequently they visit a district and the current use of infrastructure.

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