Penn Avenue Bike Lane – May 2017 Summary

May 2017 numbers for the Penn Avenue bike lane are now available on the PDP public website. Spring weather was out in full force this May, heavy showers intermingled with sunshine led to swings in ridership. A week of unseasonably warm weather in the middle of the month catalyzed commuters to getting on their bikes and we expect these numbers to continue to rise as we pass into the sunny summer months.

Daily Weather Impact on Ridership May 2017 (1200 Block Penn Avenue)

Daily Weather Impact on Ridership May 2017 (1200 Block Penn Avenue)

Data for the 1200 block is getting more and more consistent year over year. The monthly total for the 1200 block of Penn was 19,842, a -0.5% change from May 2016. The average daily weekday total was 664, a 1% decrease from the same period last year. Commuter behavior remains strong with peaks in am and pm rushes on weekdays. We saw an average of 58 inbound trips at 8am and 68 outbound trips at 5pm.

Average trips per hour for weekdays in May 2017 (1200 Block Penn Ave)

Average trips per hour for weekdays in May 2017 (1200 Block Penn Ave)

May 28th was the first Open Streets event of the season and despite a new route that took in the sites of Uptown and the South Side ridership peaked on that Sunday with almost 2000 trips recorded.  

Hourly Trips during Open Streets Event May 28th (1200 Block Penn Ave)

Hourly Trips during Open Streets Event May 28th (1200 Block Penn Ave)

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.