Bike Count Report and Data for 2014 Published!

In April 2014, the fourth annual city-wide bike count in Tempe was conducted as a way of understanding cycling habits and to identify routes and intersections that are problematic or dangerous. In total, 12,583 bicyclists were counted from a total of 79 volunteers working two shifts at 48 locations, with 21 common locations between 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Get the report here [pdf]:

Tempe_Bike_Count_Report_2014

Raw data for all count years and code for some of the plots are available from github:

github.com/biketempe/DataAnalysis

Thanks to our count volunteers and everyone who helped bring this effort to fruition!

Especially thank you to the core Bike Count organizers: Cliff Anderson, Jennifer Guzy, Donna Lewandowski, Stevie Milne, Jeff Caslake, and Alexander Deem. And thanks to Yue “Eva” Zhang and Parth Dalwadi for contributions to the published report.

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Tempe Bike Count Report for 2013 Published

In April 2013, the third annual city-wide bike count in Tempe was conducted as a way of understanding cycling habits and to identify routes and intersections that are problematic or dangerous. In total, 14,750 bicyclists were counted from a total of 91 different locations, with 26 locations common between 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Get the report here [pdf]:

Tempe_Bike_Count_Report_2013 Rev 1

Thanks to everyone who helped bring this effort to fruition!

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Tempe Bike Count 2014 Needs Volunteers!

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The 4rd annual Tempe Bike Count takes place in just two weeks, on March 25-27. Training meetings are in just one week. Each of 58 intersections has an AM shift and a PM shift. You can sign up for just one 2 hour shift, or more shifts on more days if you want.

If you think you can make it, please sign up now to reserve your intersection, and so that I know that we’re going to have enough people, but let us (bikecount@biketempe.org) know if you have to cancel or switch days.

RSVPs for training dates are used to figure out how much pizza to order. Tempe icon William T. Terrance will introduce the Bike Count and all of the ways to get confused that you never even thought of.

When:

The count will take place over three days. Each volunteer counts during commuting hours, with morning (7:00am to 9:00am) or afternoon (4:00pm to 6:00pm) shifts (or both).

  • Tuesday, March 25th
  • Wednesday, March 26th
  • Thursday, March 27th

For full details on the Tempe Bike Count and to sign up please go to: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-count/

Why:

Traffic Engineering responds well to serious safety problems. People ride bikes even where safe infrastructure doesn’t exist. Often, the only way through is on roads like Southern, McClintock, or Rural, where bicycles were not taken into consideration. The Bike Count lets us show the city where cyclists overwhelmingly feel they have to ride on the sidewalk, something that the city knows is not safe. It also shows the City of Tempe how many bicycles do come out where safe facilities do exist, which helps them with their goals of smug reduction and congestion reduction. The raw data has been requested by environmental engineering firms, traffic engineering grad students, and others. We’ve presented it to the Tempe Traffic Engineers and at the ADOT Highway Safety Summit. The Bike Count is a fantastic way to encourage making Tempe bicycle friendly, and to quantify progress. It helps the city help us!

Afterparty:

We’re throwing an appreciation party at Boulders on Broadway for our volunteers! Come turn in your count sheets, have a beer, and tell tales of the craziness you saw out there on the streets of Tempe.

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Show Support for Bike Projects

The City of Tempe and the Maricopa Association of Governments aren’t just big scary governmental organizations.  They’re made of real people, and a lot of them are really cool people, and a lot of them ride bikes.  They want the same things we do, and we can help them by showing up to meetings and politely, briefly voicing support.  Really, all you have to say is, “This is great!  Please do this.”

Tempe has a lot of projects going on to add and improve bike infrastructure.  MAG is getting ready to do a bike count of their own, city wide, and they’re also asking for feedback on their designs for how to make cities bike/ped friendly.

These are the meetings TBAG plans to have an attendance at.  If you go, you won’t be alone.  Besides TBAG, Phoenix Spokes People (formerly DBAG/PBAG) will be there.

April 11 – MAG (Maricopa Association of Governments) – Designing Transit Accessible Communities Study Feedback
https://www.facebook.com/events/325259440929996/?ref=14
“The Maricopa Association of Governments is requesting your input on the Designing Transit Accessible Communities Study. The intent of the study is to encourage planning practices that improve bicycling and pedestrian access from neighborhoods to transit service”
Meetings like this where you can go and give positive feedback (and say thank you for doing this, this is exactly what we want) are great.

April 12 – ADOT general plan meeting in Tucson
Encourage ADOT to use funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects, not just more traffic lanes.  The City of Tempe and MAG are forward thinking and support bicycle projects, but ADOT controls how most transportation money is spent, and they aren’t hearing from cyclists, only motorists.  We need cyclists to stand up and say simple, obvious (to us) things such as “I ride my bike to work.  Bike lanes are transportation for me.”

Jun 18 – MAG Bike & Ped Committee — MAG Bike Count Meeting
Their bike/ped count consultants are presenting count tech recommendations and locations.  Unlike our Bike Count, they’re spreading their resources across the metro area.  This is mostly of interest to the people who organize the bike count and do stats for it.
302 N 1st St Suite 300, Phoenix, 2nd floor, 1:30pm
http://www.azmag.gov/Committees/Committee.asp?CMSID=1044

MAG: Designing Transit Accessible Communities Study – Public Input

April 11 at 1:00pm in MST
Ironwood Room, 2nd Floor Maricopa Association of Governments 302 N 1st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003

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Tempe Bike Count 2013 Needs Volunteers!

The 3rd annual Tempe Bike Count takes place in just three weeks, on March 26-28.  Training meetings are in just two weeks.  Each of 50 intersections has an AM shift and a PM shift.  76 of those 100 shifts are still available.  You can sign up for just one 2 hour shift, or more shifts on more days if you want.

If you think you can make it, please sign up now to reserve your intersection, and so that I know that we’re going to have enough people, but do let me (scrottie@biketempe.org) know if you have to cancel or switch days.

RSVPs for training dates are used to figure out how much pizza to order.  Local comedian Tim Tagtmeyer will introduce the Bike Count and all of the ways to get confused that you never even thought of.

When:

The count will take place over three days. Each volunteer counts during commuting hours, with morning (7:00am to 9:00am) or afternoon (4:00pm to 6:00pm) shifts (or both).

  • Tuesday, March 26th
  • Wednesday, March 27th
  • Thursday, March 28th

For full details on the Tempe Bike Count and to sign up please go to: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-count/

Why:

Traffic Engineering responds well to serious safety problems.  People ride bikes even where safe infrastructure doesn’t exist.  Often, the only way through is on roads like Southern, McClintock, or Rural, where bicycles were not taken into consideration.  The Bike Count lets us show the city where cyclists overwhelmingly feel they have to ride on the sidewalk, something that the city knows is not safe.  It also shows the City of Tempe how many bicycles do come out where safe facilities do exist, which helps them with their goals of smug reduction and congestion reduction.  The raw data has been requested by environmental engineering firms, traffic engineering grad students, and others.  The Bike Count is a fantastic way to encourage making Tempe bicycle friendly, and to quantify progress.  It helps the city help us!

Afterparty:

We’re throwing an appreciation party at Boulders on Broadway for our volunteers!  Come turn in your count sheets, have a beer, and tell tales of the craziness you saw out there on the streets of Tempe.

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Tempe Bike Count 2013 Needs Volunteers!

 

TBAG will host the third annual Tempe Bike Count between March 26-28 2013. We need volunteers to help count bikes! You can sign up for just one shift on a single day, or more if you want. Sign up! Bring a friend!

Our goals for the bike count:

  • Document the number of people currently cycling and monitor how the number changes over time
  • Publish a report of findings from the bike count
  • Use the information to help prioritize infrastructure improvements and traffic safety
  • Share bike count data with the public, other organizations, governmental groups, and individuals

When:

The count will take place over three days. Each volunteer will count during commuting hours, one morning (7:00am to 9:00am) or one afternoon (4:00pm to 6:00pm). The same location can be covered over the span of the three days.

  • Tuesday, March 26th
  • Wednesday, March 27th
  • Thursday, March 28th

Training:
Volunteers are asked to attend one of the training meetings at the Tempe Transit Center 200 E. Fifth Street (near Forest and College avenues near the light rail station) in the Cassano Room on the second floor.

  • Wednesday, March 20th
  • Saturday, March 23rd

For full details on the Tempe Bike Count and to sign up please go to: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-count/

Afterparty:

We’re throwing an appreciation party at Boulders on Broadway for our volunteers!  Come turn in your count sheets, have a beer, and tell tales of the craziness you saw out there on the streets of Tempe.

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TBAG Advocacy Meeting – Sunday January 6th 7pm at Boulders on Broadway

Hey Tempe Cyclists!! Tired of complaining about the unsafe riding conditions, bike lanes which seem to end for no reason, non-existent bike crossing signals, etc. etc. Quit complaining and help us do something about it. 2013 is going to be a busy year for TBAG advocates. There are major street re-design projects for us to monitor and influence, including the Mill Ave Streetcar, University Drive, Hardy Drive and Broadway Road. We also need to follow the update processes for the Transportation Master Plan and the General Plan. And we have our normal monthly committee meetings to attend.

Bring your ideas and your calendar and get ready to sign up to help!! See you at our 2013 kick-off TBAG Advocacy Meeting – Sunday January 6th 7pm at Boulders on Broadway.

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