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Release Date: Thursday, August 6th 2015

Real Time Bike Lane Data Now Available Online

DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s (PDP) website now provides access to real-time data regarding protected bike lane usage in Downtown Pittsburgh. In April, the PDP installed counters at three intersections along Penn Avenue in order to collect accurate, daily information. The data can be found at: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/what-we-do/research-and-reports.

“Currently we have collected three months of relevant data which points to an increasing number of users. July saw an average of nearly 1,000 daily trips on the Downtown bike lanes,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “This data is evidence of the important role bike commuting plays in our Downtown transportation network.”

According to City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, "With the help of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, we're already seeing the large number of bike commuters using the lanes, which makes traveling easier and safer for bikes and vehicles alike. Using the PDP's numbers city planners will be able to watch the usage, and that data will inform our decisions on expanding and changing the bike lane network over time."

Through May and June the bike lane data remained fairly consistent, with approximately 24,000 monthly trips being tracked. July saw increases of 25% for the counter located on the 1200 block of Penn Avenue and a nearly 34% increase for the counter located at the 900 block of Penn Avenue.

The data is available dating back to the installation of the readers through to one day prior to the present. The three counters are thin, rubber tubes stretched across the width of the bike lane and are located on the 600, 900, and 1200 blocks of Penn Avenue. They work by recording each time a bicyclist rides over and depresses the tubes. The counters are weight specific and only react to bikes. Overall, the counter on the 1200 block has consistently counted the highest number of trips. The counter located at the 600 block of Penn Avenue began experiencing technical difficulties in June, and as such the count data has been removed for that block. An improved counter will be installed this week. Additionally, for data summary purposes, the bike lane counts for the Open Streets events in May, June and July were removed from the summaries in order to provide accurate, average counts.

The protected bike lanes were installed on Penn Avenue by the City of Pittsburgh in September of 2014, as part of their complete streets initiative, designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.

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