Penn Avenue Bike Lane: June Traffic Report

June trip totals for the Penn Avenue bike lane are now available; overall trips for the month are down slightly (likely due to wet weather) but peak commuting periods remained robust.  The monthly total trips in June were 24,007 in the 1200 block (-0.90% from May), 18,464 in the 900 block (-8.85% from May) and 11,728 in the 600 block (-24.77% from May).

AVERAGE WEEKDAY TRIPS PER HOUR DEMONSTRATES A STRONG COMMUTING PATTERN

AVERAGE WEEKDAY TRIPS PER HOUR DEMONSTRATES A STRONG COMMUTING PATTERN

The average number of weekday trips in June was 791 with an average of 32 trips per hour from 6:00 am to 10:00 PM.  Trip patterns continue to demonstrate a strong weekday commuter pattern, peaking at 73 trips during morning rush and 69 during afternoon rush.

The weekend average remained slightly higher than weekdays at 827 trips per day.

Bike lane trips in June vs. recorded weather events

Bike lane trips in June vs. recorded weather events

Bike lane usage remains strong, particularly considering it was the wettest June on record since 1996. According to U.S Climate Data over 7 inches of rain fell last month which is more than double the 2.18 inches Pittsburgh saw in May yet the June numbers are still comparable to those recorded in the previous month.

June data provides the first opportunity to compare month-over-month usage in the Penn Avenue Bike Lanes.

June data provides the first opportunity to compare month-over-month usage in the Penn Avenue Bike Lanes.

The 3 counters are thin, rubber tubes stretched across the width of the bike lane and are located on the 600, 900, and 1200 blocks of Penn Avenue and were installed by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. They work by recording each time a bicyclist rides over and depresses the tubes. Overall, the counter on the 1200 block counted the highest number of trips, while the counter on the 600 block counted the fewest.

Beginning next month, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will launch a real-time data portal for each bike lane counter.  Follow @DowntownPitt and @EnvisionDwntwn for more information.