Newton Bike Census 2013

How many bikers are using Newton’s Streets?
Bike census data was collected from dozens of locations on:
  • Saturday, October 5 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 8 from 7-9 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 10 from 4-6 p.m.

Here’s some initial data from the 2013 census, with comparisons to 2012:

2012 2013
Average Cyclists per Intersection per hour 14 18
Female Cyclists as a Percent of Total Cyclists 20% 23%
Male Cyclists as a Percent of Total Cyclists 80% 77%
Percent of Cyclists Wearing Helmets 88% 88%

Why were there so many locations?

We need data to help Newton set priorities about creating bike infrastructure. We’ve tried to select locations where we’re pretty sure, from personal observation, prior censuses (censii?), and surveys, that cyclists are prevalent. But “pretty sure” often doesn’t carry the day when you’re asking the city to spend limited funds for bike infrastructure.

Also, the MAPC has been developing bike census locations for towns and cities all over the Boston metro area; we’re in close communication with the MAPC about developing census locations useful both for us locally, and for MAPC’s larger project of collecting data throughout the area. They’ll share their data collection with us, and then we’ll have that much more comparable, useful bike census data about Newton. And the bicycles you count might become part of a cool data visualization that helps nudge local communities towards greener and healthier infrastructures. Help us kick off this collaboration!

2 thoughts on “Newton Bike Census 2013”

  1. Elaine Vildzius said:

    I signed up for the bike census. How do I get the materials?


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