— familyride (@familyride) October 2, 2012
Update: The counter has been delayed another week, says Cascade:
I got the call this morning that the display isn’t working properly. SDOT engineers were testing it yesterday, and happily reported that it was counting accurately and displaying each bike trip over the sensors. Then the display started failing intermittently and eventually stopped displaying. The sensors and counter are working, but trips are not displaying. That sort of defeats the fun of riding over a bike counter, but I suppose it’s better to have these kinks worked out now than during or after the launch.
We are putting the unveiling on hold for about a week. A new part is expected to arrive on Saturday and should fix the problem. If you ride over the bridge, thank the SDOT engineers working on the counter and making sure it’s ready to roll in good working order. Stay tuned for an update on the official launch.
After delays due to damage during shipping, the Fremont Bridge bike counter announced during Bike to Work Week is almost ready to start keeping a tally of every bike that rolls by.
Bike counters accomplish several goals at once. They demonstrate to passersby that bicycles are a legitimate and popular mode of transportation, they generate tons of useful real-time data on bike traffic patterns, and it is fun to see the counter add 1 as you roll by.
Come one, bike all! You are officially invited to the unveiling on Thursday at 11 and be among the first counted with the new counter.
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is donating the bike counter to the City of Seattle with funding from the Mark & Susan Torrance Foundation for the project. We are grateful for the Torrance Foundation’s interest in supporting our mission of creating a better community through bicycling and to helping increase the visibility of bicycling in our city.
Cascade will cover the cost of the counter installation, and cover some initial administrative overhead and maintenance during the first year of operation.
This is the last day of my vacation in St. Louis. So Seattle Bike Blog should be back up to full speed starting tomorrow!