Category Archives: Bicycle Tourism

Eco-Counter and the Ontario Bike Summit – 10 years growing up together

We have celebrated a couple of milestones recently.

A few weeks ago marked the five year anniversary of our first ever Eco-Display Classic bike counter installation! Since 2013, we’ve installed Display counters all over the world and Eco-Counter’s Display range has become a revered emblem of a community’s support for cycling.

April also marked the tenth anniversary of the Ontario Bike Summit, the premier cycling conference in Ontario. Hosted by Share the Road Cycling Coalition, OBS is a forum for cycling stakeholders across the province – Eco-Counter has proudly attended every one of them!

This year’s theme, “Looking Back and Rolling Forward“, allowed us to reflect upon just how much the Ontario Bike Summit and Eco-Counter have grown together.

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Planner Resources: How to build a bike count program

We just got back from the League of American Bicyclist’s National Bike Summit and are proud to have sponsored the premier bike advocacy event of the year in the United States!

For those of you who attended the conference, you’ll know that inside your attendee bag there was a fold-out pamphlet from us –  a primer detailing the core elements of how to start a bike count program.

Couldn’t make to to the Summit? Read on to learn about starting a bike count program.

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2017 in numbers #2: North America’s Top 5 Bicycle Counters

Last week, we reflected on 2017 by showcasing the top 5 highest-counting Eco-Display Classic bicycle counters in Europe for the year.

This week, we cross the pond and check out data from Canada and the United States.  As always, you can explore daily-updated bike count data from around the world right on our website!

Here are the 2017 top-five Eco-Display Classic counters for North America!

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2017 in numbers: Europe’s top 5 bicycle counters

Happy New Year from the Eco-Counter team!

We are excited for the year ahead and can’t wait to hear about your projects for the coming year. As we welcome 2018, let’s take a moment to reflect on the previous year by showcasing the top 5 Eco-Display Classic bicycle counters in Europe with the highest count data for 2017.

Did you know you can discover daily bike count data from around the world at any given moment on our website?

Now, without further ado…

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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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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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Measuring Cycling Tourism: Tracking Trends with Counts

Cycling tourists bring particularly strong economic benefits to their destinations. In Quebec, cycling tourists spend 6% more than other tourists (1). Cycling tourists shop locally and spend primarily on food, beverages and lodging (2). It’s no wonder that many regions and cities seek to harness the potential of cycling tourism.

Collecting data on the numbers of cyclists using tourist-frequented routes and trails can help organizations and decision-makers reveal trends. La Route Verte, North America’s longest cycling network, has 45 counters tracking the usage of the network. In 2015, 5.8 million cyclists were counted (3).

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Eco-Counter Worldwide Cycling Index 2015: contribute now!

We are just 2 months away from Velo-City 2016 in Taipei, and are excited to be unveiling the second edition of our Worldwide Cycling Index. This index measures the overall progression of total bicycle traffic by country.

Send us your bicycle count data before January 10th to make sure your city will make it into the Index!
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