Bike-Pedestrian Counters

Bike & Pedestrian Trip Count Data Dashboard

The City of Norfolk initiated a Bike-Pedestrian Counter Program in March 2021 to provide a reliable method of data collection. The data is used to: 

  • Justify the existence of existing infrastructure
  • Support the planning & investment for future network expansions and safety measures for both modes
  • Advance the goal of making biking & walking more comfortable and more connected in Norfolk

The dashboard shows bike & pedestrian trip counts in Norfolk from February 9, 2019 through September 30, 2023. NOTE: Eco Counters along the Elizabeth River Trail (green dots) were installed in 2019. The Roadsys counters (blue dots) were installed in 2021.

Bicycle Data

  • Data shows high trip counts for the protected bike lanes such as on Llewellyn Ave, Olney Rd, and W. 35th St. The higher counts on Llewellyn Ave, Olney Rd, and 35th St illustrate how good connections to other bike facilities within the bike network has had a significant positive impact on ridership.
  • As expected, ridership increases as the weather warms. Higher ridership counts have been recorded for the summer and fall months (June-November).

Pedestrian Data

  • Data shows that the highest number of pedestrian counts on city sidewalks is found on Olney Rd in Ghent. The high counts illustrate how a well-connected and accessible pedestrian network has a positive impact on the number of users.
  • Data shows that the highest number of pedestrian counts on the Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) is near Norfolk State University at Park Ave/Claiborne Ave and at Plum Point Park near EVMS.
  • As with the bicycle counts, the pedestrian counts increase during the warmer months. The highest counts have been recorded for the summer and fall months (June-November) with the spring months (March-May) following closely.

Types of Counters

There are currently two types of counters in the City of Norfolk: Roadsys Counters and Eco-Counters

  1. Roadsys Counters: Solar-powered aluminum posts with two electric sensors installed into the pavement of the bike lanes (left image). The mixed bike-pedestrian counters also include an infrared sensor that faces the sidewalk (middle image).
  2. Eco-Counters: Wooden posts with electric sensors installed into the adjacent pavement (right image). There are currently seven Eco-Counters in Norfolk that have been installed at specific locations along the Elizabeth River Trail since 2019.

OV bike counter  OV ped counter  OV eco counter

Data Collection

The bike counters use an inductive loop sensor technology and have been installed to detect bicycles in existing bike lanes. The pedestrian counters use an infrared sensor to count pedestrians on the adjacent sidewalk. Some counters are bicycle only counters and some are mixed bike and pedestrian counters.

Data collected includes bicycle & pedestrian counts as well as direction and headway of bicyclists. View the Bike and Pedestrian Trip Counts dataset on the Norfolk Open Data portal. The dataset comprises data from the Roadsys counters and the Eco-Counters.

Counter Locations

The first phase of counter installations focused on existing bike lane locations as well as along the Elizabeth River Trail. The second phase of counter installations will focus on other existing bike lane locations as well as new bike lanes implemented according to the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan and the City of Norfolk Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategic Plan.

The existing counters in Norfolk are displayed in the map & table below. View the current Norfolk Bike Network map

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