Broadway Eco-Totem Bicycle Counter
In 2015, Cambridge installed a permanent "Eco-Totem" bicycle count station on Broadway in Kendall Square. The Eco-Totem (made by the Montreal-based company Eco-Counter) counts cyclists via in-ground loop detectors. It also displays daily and cumulative count totals and captures weather data to use for analytical purposes. The data can be used in many ways:
To publicly show how many people are bicycling and make a statement that “bicyclists count”
The 24/7 data can be used to analyze daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal patterns. This can be used to help extrapolate data from other counts
The data assist with determining crash rate analyses
Here’s how you can see what’s happening:
- GET COUNTED! Ride in the bike lane on either side of Broadway and watch the number increase!
- Check out the official Eco-Totem website for a quick, easy way to look at trends over time.
- Download the complete dataset from the counter through our Open Data Portal and do your own analyses! Counts are automatically transferred to the Open Data Portal on a daily basis.
Did you know that over 1.5 million counts have been made so far? Or that on February 14, 2016 - the coldest day in over 80 years - we still counted 53 rides? Here’s a 2016 summary of the data showing a few of the ways it can be visualized.
For More Information
For more information, please contact Cara Seiderman at 617/349-4629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.