Last week, 22,052 people cycled across the Fremont Bridge, the highest number recorded since the electronic counter was installed in October.
The count makes it clear that Seattle has a chance to break 1 million trips across the bridge in 2013, but it’s going to be close. To get there, we have to average 19,231 per week. So if every week saw the same volumes as last week, we would get there easily. But sluggish winter-riding levels (OK, 10,000 trips during the coldest and rainiest weeks of the year is pretty damn impressive) have put us behind. For every 10,000-trip week, we need a 30,000-trip week to offset it.
And we can do it.
So, why 1 million trips? Well, aside from it being a nice round (and impressive) number, it is also the top limit on the annual bike trip thermometer on the counter’s display. How cool would it be to burst the seams on that thing in the first year?
With Bike Month starting Wednesday and warm weather ahead of us, we have a chance to grow the numbers dramatically. Politely invite your friends, family and coworkers to bike with you. Start or join a Commute Challenge Team. Help your neighborhood school encourage cycling to school. Or just hop your bike to run more of your regular, everyday errands. The more bikes locked up outside your neighborhood grocery/church/library/etc, the more inviting biking appears to all your neighbors.
The Fremont bike counter is only the first in a series of planned counters across the city. A detector in the sidewalk counts bicycles on both sides of the bridge, providing our first ever look at 24/7 bicycle ridership data. We dove into some of the data (like the effect of weather on cycling) here.
So what do you say? Can we top 1 million trips across the Fremont Bridge this year?