June 2016 numbers for the Penn Avenue bike lane are now available on the PDP public website. Downtown bike traffic is picking up as we head into the warm summer months. The monthly total for the 1200 block of Penn was 25,276, 900* block 17,720 and 600 block 17,678.
There continues to be a strong bike commuter pattern shown on the 1200 block year over year. 1200 block numbers peaked on weekdays at 8am and 5pm with an average of 65 and 69 trips. With an average of 843 daily trips we are still someway away from the 1000 trip a day peak we saw last summer but there was 5% increase in average daily trips for the block compared to June 2015.
The 600 block has seen an increase in ridership which appears to correlate with the extension of the bike lane down Penn to Stanwix Street late last fall. Last year this block consistently saw lower daily trips as people peeled off the bike lane to enter Downtown. However, this month we saw a 9% increase in average daily trips for this block in comparison to last June. With smaller increases at the 1200 and 900 blocks this number may suggest that the extension has encouraged riders to remain in the protected bike lane on Penn for longer.
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.
*900 block was closed for the last weekend of June due to the Jazz festival. As such Open Streets participants were detoured from this block decreasing total trip count for the month relative to the other counters.