Monday, March 31, 2014

Arlington to unveil Bikeometer tomorrow - Update

Tomorrow Arlington County will unveil the first visible bike counter on the East Coast, the Bikeometer, on the Custis Trail in Rosslyn. The event will occur tomorrow, April 1 at 10am at the Custis Trail at Lee Hwy and Lynn St. The device is a great way to show everyone how many people use bikes at this location. According to Arlington, over 500,000 ped/bike trips are taken on that section of the trail each year.

I believe these counters first appeared in Copenhagen where one of their counters includes access to a bike pump. A similar counter was installed in San Francisco in 2013. The first visual bike counter in the U.S. was installed on the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland in 2012.

It would be great to have one of these counters on the W&OD Trail in Fairfax, maybe at Route 123 in Vienna, visible to the many people stuck in rush hour traffic.

Update: See the 4/1/2014 Post article on the unveiling, Arlington County’s new ‘bikeometer’ tallies cyclists on busy Custis Trail.

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