Seattle’s cycling culture is getting more and more apparent, with the number of greenways, protected bike lanes, multi-use trails, signs directed at cyclists, and bike detectors at traffic signals rising. More bike counters are also being installed to monitor the city’s progress in this area. The growing network of greenways is hoped to help the city reach its goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, all while making it easier to travel in a more environmentally and personally healthy way.
Bike counters already existed on the Fremont and West Seattle bridge, but that number has recently been increased by seven as the city continues to work towards a more sustainable future. The new counters are made up of two small tube sensors that stretch across the street and are attached to metal counting boxes made by eco-counter. Four of these counters have been installed on multi-use trails, which link different sections of the city together and provide a bridge between urban and natural areas. The counters on these trails tally both cyclists and pedestrians, so next time you’re taking a ride or a walk on Burke-Gilman trail, know that you’ll be a statistical part of the city’s transportation evolution.