Since 2007, the Minneapolis Public Works Department has conducted annual bicyclist and pedestrian traffic counts at locations throughout the City. Minneapolis partners with Transit for Livable Communities to conduct the counts.
The counts are conducted by trained volunteers during the second week of September. Most counts are conducted from 4:00-6:00 p.m. or 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and estimates are used to calculate daily traffic over a 24-hr period. To determine annual changes in non-motorized traffic, Public Works counts 30 benchmark locations for bicyclists and 23 benchmark locations for pedestrians. Public Works has over 300 additional non-motorized locations that are counted once every three years. Data are also available for over 100 historical locations where special counts were conducted.
From 2007-2012, the number of bicyclists counted increased 56%. The busiest on-street location is SE 15th Avenue north of SE University Avenue with 4,310 bicycle trips. The busiest off-street location is the upper deck of the Washington Avenue Bridge with 7,370 trips.
Volunteer for Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts – September 10-12
Minneapolis Public Works is gearing up to conduct its 7th Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, and you can volunteer to help. Volunteers will be asked to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at several locations around the city. The main days for counting will be September 10-12. Most of our counts are conducted from 4:00-6:00 p.m., however there are shifts throughout the day at select locations.
Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count Reports
2012 Count Report (new)
Bicyclist Traffic Maps
2012 Traffic Map (new)
Count Forms & Methodology
Midtown Greenway Counts
Last updated Aug. 21, 2013