Penn Avenue Bike Lane - August Summary

August 2016 numbers for the Penn Avenue bike lane are now available on the PDP public website. Downtown bike traffic continued to stay strong with the summer weather. The monthly total for the 1200 block of Penn was 22,850 which was + 8.6% from July and for the 600 block 16, 358 which saw a -10% drop from July. Data for the 900 block this month was incomplete due to damage caused when a construction parked in the bike lane on August 23rd.

It was another successful year for PedalPGH, and with the route heading up the Penn bike lane through the 1200 block we recorded well over 2000 trips on August 28th.


Weekday commuter traffic on the 1200 block once again peaked at 8am and 5pm with an average of 71 inbound trips at morning rush and 68 outbound trips at 5pm. Trips per hour between 6am and 10pm averaged 45 and there was an average of 800 daily trips (724 if you control for PedalPGH). 

August was a very warm month with average daily temperatures consistently in the upper 70s. The warmest week August 8th – 12th, saw the lowest trip volume as average daily temperatures rose into the upper 80s.


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.