From the last BPAC meeting agenda:
The City received approval from the National Park Service to install a bicycle and pedestrian counter along the Mount Vernon Trail just north of Slaters Lane. The City will install this equipment, which has already been installed in Arlington, when a warm weather window occurs
Here are some interesting things about Eco-Counters, with more here.
- Arlington has 35 infra-red counters with inductive loop (infra-red counts everyone, inductive loop counts cyclists). All but one are Eco Counters.
- Ultimate goal is to have all this information in a clearinghouse at Council of Governments or Portland State University.
- Peak of 10,000 cyclists and pedestrians crossing Key Bridge daily though average is around 6000.
- For a separate bike and ped count, costs around $6,000 a unit.
- They require maintenance if spiders build a nest. (WC: !)
- VDOT state funding has been used for video counters.
- New River Valley using three counters.
- Alexandria noted Myovision is easy to set up and inexpensive and they also have EcoCounter, but [needed] approval from NPS to install on Mt. Vernon trail.
- Strava data i sself-selecting group focuses on recreational rides. Can provide node wait times,view actual path of travel (desire lines). Costs around $18K for data for state.
- True count data—represents everything that passes a given point.
- App data also exists(i.e. San Francisco, Charlottesville).
- Bluetooth data—tracked data, tells how long it took to get from one point to another, volumes.
And completely unrelated
Some form of cycle track will be used on Virginia Capital Trail in the City of Richmond along Dock Street.