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Portland Adds Nation’s First Bike Counter to Hawthorne Bridge

Good news for mathematicians who love watching throngs of cyclists stream by: Portland, Oregon just became the first U.S. city to install a bicycle counter!

You'll find the digital "bicycling barometer" on the AM inbound side of the Hawthorne Bridge. It was made possible by the non-profit group Cycle Oregon which  purchased the machine with a $20,000 grant. Lots of yummy extra details are over at Bike Portland, including an in-depth look at how the system works.

Seattle is reportedly just about to install one as well.  Which city/location in the U.S. should be next?  Where would you put one in New York City?

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Streetsman

    NYC? Hudson River Greenway at Christopher Street. Williamsburg Bridge at Delancey St. Kent Ave at North 6th Street. Lafayette Ave at Astor Place

  • Ned

    Hudson River Greenway at W 46th St.

  • Ian Turner

    To me, the obvious choice is the Brooklyn bridge.

  • Ben Kintisch

    I love this idea: to quote the Count: "one cyclist, two cyclists, three cyclists, ha ha ha ha!" (thunder and lightning)

  • http://www.change.org/petitions/boost-the-economy-expand-the-ferry boosttheferry

    On 6th Ave at 57th Street, to make the case for complete streets there.

  • Thom

    The Massachusetts Ave. Bridge in Boston/Cambridge would be a great spot.

  • Bo

    How about places people don't normally bike along so as to give drivers an awareness of sharing the road everwhere, and bikers an awareness that they are not alone?

  • http://twitter.com/PDXKtv Dan Kaufman

    Shot in PDX, and edited same day in NYC.  Way to rock it Streetfilms!

  • http://twitter.com/murphstahoe murphstahoe

    Hmm... how about one on Fell Street in SF?

    http://public.visio-tools.com/?ECO07111540

  • http://twitter.com/murphstahoe murphstahoe
  • Belov

    City of Albuquerque has two bike counters, one on each of its two most heavily used trails. They've been around for about a year. They won't catch you if you're riding a carbon bike with carbon wheels, though.

  • Elias Zamaria

    Here is my suggestion: put one on Market Street in San Francisco, anywhere between Duboce and 8th Street.

  • Steve O

    Arlington County, VA has had counters since the fall of 2009, and is planning to increase the number of counters to 30 this year.  DC also has some, most notably on the Key Bridge.  And the National Park Service has at least one installed along the Mt. Vernon Trail, also in Arlington.  More information on Arlington's counter program may be found here: http://ht.ly/cRSXY
    If StreetFilms would like to highlight Arlington's cutting edge program, we'd be happy to cooperate.

  • Steve O

    Just to clarify, Arlington's bike counters do not display the data.  It is collected and used to inform policy.  The intent is to make the data available online in real or close to real time, but that hasn't happened yet.

  • http://twitter.com/ArchiJake Jacob Peters

    Chicago should install one on Milwaukee Avenue between Elston and Kinzie, as part of the proposed bicycle lane improvements on arguably the busiest bicycle stretch in the Midwest

  • Skigirlsf

    San Francisco next, please!!

  • Susan Moffat

    Add one on the Ohlone Greenway in Albany, CA.

  • sanxing155

    tinyurl.com/cyk9xz2

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.handley.140 John Handley

    How cheerful is Jonathan Nicholas? He made me smile out loud!