04 June 2008

The Bike Counter

Bike Barometer
Along the new Green Path [grønne sti] that slices diagonally across Copenhagen and Frederiksberg - a kind of motorway for bikes - the City of Frederiksberg has set up a 'Cykelbarometer' or Bike Counter.

It counts the number of cyclists that ride past on the new pathway system each day. The idea is to encourage more people to ride by showing how many are using it.

It is rather new - a month or so - so the total number is only about 70,000. But the counter goes up to 1 million. It'll be fun to see if it gets maxed out. By the way, the sign isn't broken, it's just my camera that couldn't register the diodes.

It shows the number of cyclists today at the top, the total number so far this year on the right column and the total last year on the left - once we get there.
Bike Barometer
My son and I use the Green Path to get to football training each Tuesday, but other than that it doesn't really go anywhere I go. I was pleased to see 3000+ cyclists were on it at this spot during the day. In comparison, the road in the background gets about 10,000 cyclists a day.

The Green Path is a diagonal shortcut through the city, but it isn't a replacement for the network of bike lanes. It is meant to be a recreational route for cyclists - and pedestrians on the parallel footpath - on a car-free, tree-lined route.

Counting parking spaces is a popular activity, too. The sign to the left of the cyclist's head show how many parking spaces are available in various areas of the city centre.
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The greatest thing about this sign is that it is plainly visible to everyone who rides past, every day, that there are ALWAYS parking spots available. A great argument when the City reclaims parking spots for bike lanes or for planting trees.

"Stop whining and look at the signs! There's loads of parking left!"


Anonymous said...

Sorry to go all 'me too' on you here, but yesterday in Gothenburg I saw a similar contraption, displaying how many cyclists had passed that spot today and this month (or was it year?).
I thought of you but my camera was elsewhere...

Martin, normally of Melbourne

Anonymous said...

Sweet... a madhouse of a traffic jam when everyone attempts to be #1,000,000?

Zakkaliciousness said...

take a photo, martin, if you see it again. would be cool to see.

hope those pesky Swedes are treating you alright. if not, just say the word and we'll reconquer the southern third of their country for you. they all speak with a Danish dialect down there anyway.

Zakkaliciousness said...

oooh... cool idea, jack! that'll be me!

jennifer said...

Fascinating! Who doesn't love a good record keeper? And great point about the parking lots/garages that always show how many parking spaces are open and how that can be used to make an argument for more bike lanes/parking/expansion rather than adding more car park spaces! I see those car park signs all over the UK but I've never seen them in the US. They'd never be so transparent here. :/

Philboy said...

Man I loved hearing that you take your son to football training on the bike path! I drove thousands of miles over the years taking mine to football, basketball, baseball, swim training. Hearing about that is like utopian science fiction!

Good luck on being Megacyclist.

crotach said...

My city is considering installing solar powered parking meters downtown. I think I might suggest they get one of these bike counters instead. It would be a better way to get people to reconsider their transportation option than installing parking meters. What a cool idea.

Zakkaliciousness said...

indeed, jennifer. they are the perfect excuse, those parking signs.

philboy... we don't own a car. we borrow one now and then, or rent them, but we don't need one. whenever we have one, borrowed, for a week or so, it just sits out front.
megacyclist... i like that. :-)

crotach: ooh ooh... solar-powered parking metres... we have those! :-) actually, on the rare occasions i have to park in the city, i LOVE sending a text message to a special number and then 'voila' - a ticket out of the machine.

but i digress... :-)

Michael said...
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Michael said...

I love these!

I posted a photo of the one in Odense - and well, you can see what I think it looks like. It's certainly a sign of cultural evolution at least. Now if we can only get one of these in N. America, so we can touch it and learn...

Check it out here:

Cycle Counter in Odense

Philboy said...

I'm sorry Michael, I'm afraid I can't do that.

Michael said...

Open the pannier bag doors Philboy!

Stéphane Brault said...

Normaly use for cars, but time change...