July numbers for the Penn Avenue bike lane are now available. Trip totals have continued to climb as the summer weather improves with monthly totals of 29,202 in the 1200 block up 24.14% from June and 24,696 in the 900 block up an impressive 33.75% from last month.
The 1200 block continues to pull the largest number of commuters with an average of 79 trips on weekdays at 8am and 74 during the 5pm bike home rush. The average number of trips for the block reached almost a thousand a day (942) and averaged 53 trips per hour from 6:00 am to 10:00 PM.
For the third month running the data shows strong recreational use of the bike lanes with a weekend average that remained slightly higher than weekdays at 1162 trips per day for the 1200 block and 1198 for the 900 block.
The counters are thin, rubber tubes stretched across the width of the bike lane, located on the 600, 900, and 1200 blocks of Penn Avenue they were installed by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. They work by recording each time a bicyclist rides over and depresses the tubes.
If you would like to discover more about the bike lane data you can now visit the PDP's new interactive website to view up to date trip counts.
Unfortunately the 600 block counter is currently undergoing repairs and was not able to collect complete data for the month of July, but we're told it will be up and counting again soon.