Category Archives: Case studies

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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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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Case Study: Using Permanent and Temporary Counters in Quebec City

Quebec City is one of North America’s oldest cities and Canada’s 11th largest city with over 500,000 inhabitants. This picturesque city has no shortage of cycling tourism – there are 315 km of bike lanes to explore. In 2016, an official vision was created to encourage cycling as a practical and secure transportation option for visitors and residents alike. Part of this vision includes adapting the cycling network to the largest source of bike traffic – workers and students.

Jean-François Martel, Transportation Planning Advisor at the City of Quebec, shared with us findings from three permanent counters and two mobile counters tracking the numbers of cyclists who use key routes. As bike infrastructure is added or improved, permanent and mobile counters can provide the necessary data to perform before-and-after comparisons and communicate results.

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On the Sunny Side of the Street: Pedestrians Flows at Plaza St-Hubert

Plaza St. Hubert, one of Montreal’s most distinctive and shopper-friendly neighborhoods, was recently named a top place to visit in Montreal by The New York Times. The district is well-known for its culinary offerings, from classics like smoked meat to new trendy eateries. It’s hard to resist the charm of its streets with unique glass awnings constructed in 1984 and the strong community vibe.

The Plaza St. Hubert Business Improvement District represents the 400 businesses that contribute to the vibrancy of the area. Mike Parente, General Director of Plaza St. Hubert BID, has implemented pedestrian counters to make data-driven decision making and planning part of maintaining a top-notch visitor experience.

Counting pedestrians at Plaza St-Hubert has not only allowed for accurate event attendance numbers, but also for a clearer picture of how foot traffic flows through the area. We chatted with Mike Parent to learn more about the insights that count data provided.

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Data-Driven Trail Management: Trail Usage Trends on the Great Rivers Greenway Network

Greenways connect people to natural spaces and urban locations, improving quality-of-life. Pedestrian and cyclist count data demonstrates the value of a greenway network, quantifies the impact of new infrastructure, and reveals trends in peak traffic. Great Rivers Greenway, a governmental organization overseeing a 113-mile-and-growing greenway network in the St. Louis Region, required reliable count data to promote and sustain their network.

Going Beyond Manual Counts: Reliable Automatic Count Data

In Spring 2014, Great Rivers Greenway installed bike and pedestrian automatic counters across two counties and one city. Reliable, cost-effective, and easy-to-collect automatic count data was needed to assess changes in greenway usage over time. As new greenway segments were constructed, several counters were added.

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Mobile counting to monitor various railway stations for mass transit fine-tuning

Client: SNCF (national State-owned railway) – division “Gares & Connexions” which manages over 3,000 stations throughout France. “Transilien” manages the suburban railway service within the Paris region (Ile-de-France).

Size: global revenue of 32 bn€ in 2015. SNCF employs over 240,000 people.

Installed counters: 32 railway stations have been equipped with Instant Counting mats over the past 2 years, some CITIX-IR were also installed for long-term counting.

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“Build it and they will come”: Auckland’s Lightpath hit 100,000 trips in 4 months

When the team at Eco-Counter installs a bicycle counter on a new lane or path anywhere in the world, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is: “Will building this new infrastructure increase the number of people riding their bicycles in my city?”

And we have many good examples to prove that new infrastructure, done right, does increase cyclist numbers. Our most recent is the Lightpath in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Managing tourism activity in Aliki Salt Lake, Cyprus

Organization in charge: Larnaca Municipality, Cyprus

Size: Larnaca Salt Lake is a natural area composed of four different salt lakes (3 of them are interconnected) and is located to the west of Larnaca city in Cyprus. The largest is Aliki salt lake, followed by lake Orphani, lake Soros and lake Spiro. The total surface of the lakes is 2.2 km2. It is the second largest salt lake area in Cyprus after the Limassol Salt Lake.

Installed counters: 2 Urban Posts with GSM transmission activated.

Global context

The lakes are just off the road leading to Larnaca International Airport and are one of the most distinctive landmarks of the area. It is considered one of the most important wetlands of Cyprus and it has been declared a Ramsar site, Natura 2000 site, Special Protected Area under the Barcelona Convention and an Important Bird Area (IBA).

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