I received the following in an e-mail from Jamison Hutchins, Bicycle Coordinator with the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability.
As Indianapolis continues to add more bike lanes and trails, it is important to tell the story of how the addition of these facilities has resulted in an increase in usage. The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Health by Design and INDYCOG will be coordinating to collect these valuable counts on our bikeways. This will help us begin to quantify what most of have been seeing on our streets – more people riding bikes.
There has been quite a bit of work done to develop a data collection process that can be used as a standard across the country, which allows cities to better understand how they compare. TheNational Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project has put together a very helpful toolkit to help with this collection process.
We will be conducting counts in different locations around Indianapolis on Tuesday, September 11th (rain day on the 12th) from 5:00pm-7:00pm and on Saturday, September 15th from 12:00pm-2pm to better understand weekend usage. There will be a short training session an hour before the collection times to insure that everyone is familiar with the methods and materials we will be using.