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Bicycle and pedestrian traffic counting

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Two bicyclists approaching a bicycle counter at the Franklin Avenue bridge in Minneapolis.
Franklin Avenue bridge bicycle counter in Minneapolis.
Two people installing bicycle and pedestrian counters along a road and sidewalk in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Installing a bicycle counter in Alexandria, Minnesota.

The Minnesota Pedestrian and Bicyclist Counting Program, started in 2013, built a network of automated people counters (both permanent and portable) to collect non-motorized traffic data, and develop methodology for analyzing, validating, evaluating, and managing that data. The purpose of this program is to generate walking and bicycling information that can be used to inform state, regional, and local planning and engineering initiatives and to assess important transportation policies and programs such as Complete Streets and Toward Zero Deaths. This program is based on well-established principles of vehicular traffic monitoring and it is designed to be integrated with motor-vehicle monitoring programs over the long term.

As with motor-vehicle monitoring, this non-motorized program consists of continuous counters permanently installed at sites across Minnesota, and portable counters which can be borrowed and used for collecting local and regional bicycling and walking data.

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