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The place have all of the riders gone? PBOT preps for first post-lockdown bike counts


Time to trace the elusive Portland bicycle rider. (Picture: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

What has the pandemic accomplished to Portland bike visitors?

A map of this yr’s summer time bike depend websites. (Supply: PBOT)

The Metropolis of Portland’s transportation bureau hopes to seek out out after they re-start their official summer time bike counts for the primary time since 2019.

Guide counts of bicycle riders have been carried out by PBOT since 1992 and have been a useful supply of information for planners and advocates. Whereas not a scientific sampling, the counts illustrate general developments in each rider demographics and geographic ridership patterns.

As they prep for the 2022 counts, they’ll assign volunteers to over 300 strategic places to assist pull it off. In line with an e mail by longtime PBOT Bicycle Coordinator Roger Geller, the information collected this yr will embody bike flip actions, rider gender and helmet use.

Geller additionally identified the town has added 48 miles of further bikeways because the final depend in 2019. “It’s time to exit and see how Portlanders have responded [to this new infrastructure],” Geller writes.

However new infrastructure isn’t the one factor Portlanders can have responded to. With extra folks working from dwelling, the variety of bike commuters is manner down, so bike depend places will replicate several types of bike journeys than prior to now. As an example, in April 2020 Geller instructed the town’s Bicycle Advisory Committee that journeys throughout the Hawthorne Bridge (a preferred connection to downtown jobs) had been down 56%, whereas journeys on the Tilikum Bridge (a preferred weekend using route) had been manner up.

On the identical time, the variety of automotive customers on Portland roads has elevated — and the habits of a lot of them has gotten worse (if rushing information and myriad anecdotes are any indication).

Town conducts bike counts in different methods, too. Each time an individual on a motorbike rolls throughout the Tilikum Crossing, they add a tally to the every day depend. And though the bike counter throughout the Hawthorne Bridge is actually defunct to the layman observer, PBOT remains to be receiving information about how many individuals are crossing that bridge, too.

The information collected this summer time will add to these tallies to assist PBOT work out how and the place to enhance Portland’s bike community.

Bike depend volunteers join two-hour shifts at a selected website, sometimes on a weeknight between 4:00 to six:00 pm. About 100 websites have been snagged to this point, so there are actually about 200 to select from, well-dispersed across the metropolis.

Take a look at the checklist of web sites on this Google Spreadsheet. Go to the PBOT Summer season Bike Rely web site to study extra and if you wish to safe a volunteer spot, e mail roger.geller@portlandoregon.gov.