August numbers for the Penn Avenue bike lane are now available on the PDP public website. Trip totals have flattened out as we reach the end of the summer. The monthly total for the 1200 block of Penn rose 3.65% from July to 30,269 while the 900 block total fell just over 1% to 24,343.
There was a marked increase in bike commuting this month as the weather stayed warm and dry. 1200 block numbers peaked on weekdays at 8am and 5pm with an average of 87 and 80 trips respectively for a 10% increase over July. The average number of trips for the block is moving closer and closer to a thousand a day (976) and the block averaged 57 trips per hour from 6:00 am to 10:00 PM.
The last week of August saw Pittsburgh Bike Fest culminating in the annual Pedal PGH ride on August 30th. This led to an unprecedented and record setting count at the 1200 block counter of 2, 915.
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 interactive website to view up to date trip counts.
The 600 block counter was repaired about one week into August so we do not have a complete data set to show for this month. Next month we will be sure to update you on what trends are occurring in that area of town.