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Planner Resources: Let’s talk about validation counts

A few months back, we published a blog post titled Planner Resources: How to Build a Bike Count Program. We received a great deal of feedback on this post and are happy to know it engaged many of you in the practice of starting a bike count program.

Given this success, we’ve decided to make ‘Planner Resources’ a recurrent theme in our blog, with goal of sharing best-practice knowledge we have accumulated in 15+ years of leading the people counting industry.

In this edition of ‘Planner Resources’, we are going to discuss the (much under-discussed) topic of validation counts!

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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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Mapping Bike Traffic Data: Revealing Infrastructure Usage Patterns

A common saying in the transportation world is “if you build it, they will come”. Measuring the impact of new bike infrastructure on cycling traffic and behaviour is top of mind for many planners and advocacy groups.

It’s now possible to say with greater accuracy how cycling behaviour is impacted by cycling infrastructure. Using count data to classify cyclist behaviour, Eco-Counter’s Fraser McLaughlin mapped out bike traffic data in Arlington, Virginia per average behaviour patterns.

Behaviour is categorized as either commuter, recreational or mixed by using a type of statistical analysis called cluster analysis. If you missed Fraser’s presentation on cluster analysis research at Bike Hack Night in Washington D.C. (pictured), read on to learn more.

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Counting the Impact of Events: Small Business Saturday

The holiday season is a time of increased events and marketing efforts. Measuring the impact of events on foot traffic is often a challenge for downtown district event organizers. Methods to determine the impact of events may include talking to businesses after an event,  performing manual counts or handing out surveys.

Automatic counters record continuous data on foot traffic during events. In Wilmington, Delaware, Small Business Saturday was organized on November 26th as an important way to attract shoppers. Foot traffic on Market Street during the event was measured using automatic counters. Counters will be used for other future events like the LadyBug Music festival.

>>Read more about measuring foot traffic during Small Business Saturday in Wilmington

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