Despite a number of heavy afternoon rain storms bike lane usage saw a big increase from May. The monthly total for the 1200 block of Penn was 25,691 only 4 trips less than June 2016 and up 32% from last month. An upward monthly trend we expect to continue as head into summer months.
The average daily weekday ridership increased 22% over May (from 664 to 811) where weekend ridership jumped a massive 64% (from 571 to 936) demonstrating that summer recreational cycling season is in full swing.
Strong weekend ridership numbers become even more pronounced as we move into the 900 and 600 blocks of Penn Avenue. This may imply that recreational riders are more likely to make use of the full length of the lane whereas weekday commuters chose to peel off at earlier junctions to reach their final destinations in Downtown.
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.