Daily Durning: Bike Barometers in San Francisco

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Old hat here, but they seem excited in SF.  From Governing:

Bike commuting is the fastest-growing mode of transportation. And San Francisco can attest to that.
Every time a cyclist rolls past one of the city’s digital bike counters – or “bicycle barometers,” as they are officially called – the daily and yearly totals tick up. In 2016, there were an estimated 82,000 bicycle trips taken per day in San Francisco. That number has been steadily rising since 2006, when manual counting of bikes began.
Today, there are 75 counters – some with digital displays, some without – throughout San Francisco. City planners use the data to better understand how bicyclists use roads and bike lanes.



  1. I’d like to a speed monitor for bikes like there are for cars on bridges. Conflicts between bike riders and pedestrians are huge wherever the two come anywhere near each other, like on the Cambie Bridge and the Seawall. Grumble grumble.

    1. It’s mostly a matter of perception and it’s not the speed, it’s the proximity. You can be cycling at the same exact speed as someone is walking and they can still be bothered by your cycling if it’s close to them.
      So basically what the Dutch learned decades ago, you should have separate paths for walking than for cycling.
      The Cambie Bridge’s sidewalk is simply too narrow for the amount of people now crossing it. Some parts of the Seawall are good and some are not.

    2. The good news is that significant portions of the Seawall are now being improved. The South False Creek section work is underway, implememting separate paths. The section through Vanier and Kits Beach parks is still a problem. This is Park Board jurisdiction, not the City transportation team.
      More good news coming on Cambie Bridge. There is simply too much bike and walking traffic for the space. A new dedicated separated bike lane in one direction will be an interim solution, with walkers sharing the current MUP with bikes only going in one direction.
      Frank: I agree with the comment on proximity being more of a factor than speed. I was on Ontario when it was under construction. Bikes were directed to the sidewalk for that block. Two people were standing talking blocking the sidewalk mid block. I said excuse me so I could get by. One turned around, jumped, and started a lecture on bikes not being allowed on sidewalks. I pointed out that I was walking my bike, where the signs said I should be, but she wanted to argue so I just wished her a nice day and carried on. It wasn’t the speed, since I was stopped waiting to pass her, it was the surprise of seeing a bike there.

      1. It’s good that you didn’t give her what she really deserves. Telling someone who’s irrational to just F-off, however justified, usually ends with those who started it claiming that they were just innocently going about their lives and one of those people out of the blue swore at them.
        One day hopefully they’ll move on to hate some other group of people.

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