BART Strike: Are Cycling Numbers Up?
That's why you're seeing so many more yachts tethered up in your building's yacht parking area. Many of you are also likely seeing more bikes in bike parking areas. Anecdotally, it would make sense that more folks have taken to two wheels. But how about some hard data? What does the much-ballyhooed Visible Bike Counter on Market Street reveal?
Alas, as Mr. Scott of the good ship Enterprise would put it, "The Visible Bike Counter, Captain, she no work."
Muni spokesman Paul Rose reveals that the counter, installed with much fanfare on Bike to Work Day May 9, is currently offline. It was disabled due to the repaving of Market Street completed on June 24 -- the most visible byproduct of which is enhanced cycling infrastructure.
So, in short, the Visible Bike Counter is not there to tell us how many people are using the lush green new bike lanes or how many are pedaling to work in lieu of BART.
It hasn't generated any data since it was yanked offline after a scant 30 riders sped by on June 5. The city hopes to have the device up and running by the end of July.
Real-time cycling data from the counter -- when it's working -- is available here. The Market Street counter is actually one of 19 in the city. But on-the-fly analysis isn't possible, as 17 others do not generate real-time data. Their most recent numbers hail from April.
There is one other up-to-the-minute counter in town, however -- on westbound portions of Fell and Scott. You can view its data here.
|Recent activity via the Fell Street bike counter|
Glancing at recent Mondays and Tuesdays, you could make the case that more people than usual are on bicycles:
Monday, June 3: 1,692 riders
Tuesday, June 4: 1,630
Monday, June 10: 1,511
Tuesday, June 11: 1,667
Monday, June 17: 1,571
Tuesday, June 18: 1,620
Monday, June 24: 982
Tuesday, June 25: 1,038
Monday, July 1: 1,843
Tuesday, July 2: 1,788
On the other hand, nearly 2,000 riders were counted on several weekends and weekdays this month, including 1,896 on Friday June 28 -- when Critical Mass rolled through this route. Still, the most recent totals are high numbers for a Monday and Tuesday.
When word gets back on the status of the city's Visible Yacht Counter, we'll let you know.