I was included in an email forward today that linked to an interesting device called a “bicycle barometer” recently installed in Italy.
The story and photos were posted to a website that covers urban transport and mobility in Europe.
The device displays the number of cyclists passing by (each way) and was modeled after similar ones in Norway, Denmark, and Stockholm.
Here’s more info (excuse the translation):
“The main goal of the action is getting people aware (and surprised) how many cyclists are actually passing through this measurement point. This will lead to a better identification with the bike mobility in the city as a system and getting people to cycle more.”
One of the folks in the email I received said:
“I think it would be great “art” project for the Hawthorne bridge. You could have a running total for cars, bikes, and peds. It could be a ‘race’ per day to see which mode tops it. The local news / weather crews could then report on it when they also mention the peak hour gridlock at [name you favourite choke point].”
So far no one has found a price, but it sure would be neat to have one of these in Portland. Don’t you think some streets/bridges would have more bikes than cars?