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 22,780 which was -0.3% from August and for the 600 block 13, 768 which saw a -16% drop from August. Data for the 900 block this month was incomplete due to damage caused when a construction parked in the bike lane on August 23rd*.
Despite the decrease in recreational biking that always comes at the end of the summer the 1200 block of Penn saw a steady continuation of trips in September. This likely reflects the continued good weather and large commuter use of this section of the bike lane.
Weekday commuter traffic on the 1200 block peaked at 8am and 5pm with an average of 75 inbound trips at morning rush and 72 outbound trips at 5pm. There was an average of 798 trips per day during the week only a 0.25% decrease compared to August. The 600 block however, was more effected by the decrease in recreational riders that happens in the fall and saw a 12% decrease in average daily ridership.
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.
*The 900 block counter was fixed in early September, so we will have complete data available for the summary repot we release for the month of October.
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.