Thanks to a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, CAT is conducting bicycle counts and surveying cyclist behaviors in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. We are attempting to measure the impact of CAT bicycle education programs on the number of cyclists riding downtown. We are also trying to measure whether or not bicycle education improves cyclists’ behavior.
The counters keep track of the cyclists’ gender, estimated age and bike type. The surveys track helmet wearing, direction on the roadway, stopping at red lights, sidewalk riding and gross errors such as riding in the door zone of parked cars and filtering foward.
Currently trained to count bicycles are League Cycling Instructors Steve Schmitt, Scott Slingerland, Betty Kelly, J. Dietrich Reisenberger and Brian Sherry; LCIs-to-be Joshua Buck, Gary Warren and Lee Poole-Smith; plus Traffic Skills 101 graduate Kelly Kennedy. On Thursday, May 31, we counted more than 100 cyclists passing through the intersection of Elizabeth and Linden Streets in Bethlehem, near Liberty High School. Steve Schmitt, Lee Poole-Smith, Gary Warren, J. Dietrich Reisenberger and Joshua Buck were the counters. Results of this count and the rest of the locations in the three cities should be available in July.
If you are interested in counting bicycles and conducting cyclists behavior surveys please call CAR-FREE.ORG Director Steve Schmitt, 610 707 2483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Counts are done all day Tuesday in Easton, Wednesday in Allentown and Thursday in Bethlehem. This is a paid position.
Example of some results from counting bicycles for 5 hours at New Street and the Greenway in Bethlehem: