Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bike Counter Ceremony Today in Reston

Mobile bike counter ribbon-cutting. From left:
Tom Biesiadny and Adam Lind (Fairfax DOT)
Supervisor Hudgins and Chairman Bulova,
Bobby Anderson and Jeff Major of RBC
Bruce Wright of FABB
Runner/cyclist in orange and
Vincent Mendolia, Fairfax County
Thanks to a generous donation from the Reston Bicycle Club (RBC), Fairfax County now has a mobile bike counter. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the W&OD Trail and Old Reston Avenue today, Chairman Bulova and Supervisor Hudgins thanked RBC for their donation and spoke about the importance of bicycling for both transportation and recreation. They also noted the importance of providing good bike facilities so residents have multiple options for getting around. Bike Coordinator Adam Lind discussed the importance of bike counts for planning purposes.

FABB worked with RBC's board and the county to select, purchase and deliver the counter to the county. The counter is similar to the network of counters used by Arlington County (see Counting Bikes to Plan for Bikes). The counter contains two parts. One part uses passive-infrared to count all people passing the counter. The second part consists of two tubes that only counts bicyclists. Using the two systems bicyclists and pedestrians can be counted. Yesterday 445 cyclists were counted on the W&OD Trail.

The counter will be moved around the county as needed. The long term goal is to have a network of permanent counters located along important bicycle routes or potential routes to count existing bicyclists and to document changes over time, as outlined in the Bicycle Master Plan. Thanks RBC!

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