MnDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative

Statewide, Minnesota

SRF is working with MnDOT and the University of Minnesota to count and monitor bike and pedestrian traffic across Minnesota.
Several locations in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Eagan, Rochester, Duluth, and Grand Marais were selected to install permanent and semi-permanent automated bicycle and pedestrian counters that give continuous counts of non-motorized traffic. In addition, the project includes lending portable counting equipment to cities and counties to assist them with non-motorized projects.

The goal is to measure bicycle and pedestrian traffic on a variety of facilities – from shoulders and bike lanes to off-street trails. At the same time, the project is testing and evaluating the use of five different counting technologies, including inductive loop, passive infrared, microwave, and pneumatic tube counters.
The team has already partnered with Hennepin County to deploy portable pneumatic tube counters – the same type of technology used to count vehicles – in more than 20 locations. The team expects to work with MnDOT district staff across Minnesota to further demonstrate the use of pneumatic tubes for bike counting in the summer of 2015.
Next steps for the project include testing the new counting technologies in more cities across Minnesota. Future test sites will include additional locations in Duluth, Rochester, Bemidji, and others to be determined. The team is also working with local agencies such as Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District to develop comprehensive plans for monitoring non-motorized traffic.

SRF led the selection of counting devices and the design/installation oversight of count stations. SRF will conduct outreach training to local agencies in the next phase of the project.

Client: MnDOT

This project was selected by the Center for Transportation Studies for a Research Partnership Award.