FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 092916
New ‘Eco-Totem’ to Count Bicyclists, Pedestrians on Beach Bike, Pedestrian Path in Real-Time
Have you ever wondered how many people use the Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path? A new bike and pedestrian counter called Eco-Totem has been installed on the path, just west of the Belmont Pier, to collect more accurate data on the 3.1-mile side-by-side lanes.
“We know people enjoy walking and riding on our beach path, and its popularity is increasing,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The new counter is yet another reason for people to enjoy our beautiful coastline and our expanded bike and pedestrian network."
The City collects data on bicycles and pedestrians through physical counts, which provide a snap shot to help track and project ridership and activity in specific areas. The Eco-Totem counter uses special sensors to count and distinguish between bicyclists and pedestrians walking or jogging along the path.
“Making Long Beach a great place to live for all of our residents is a top priority,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “The investments we’ve made, along with our recent ‘Livability’ initiatives, have helped to increase the quality of life for our residents. We can use the data from the beach and bike path to help inform future decisions for infrastructure along our coastline.”
This “Bikeability” investment reaffirms the City’s commitment to making Long Beach the best place to live, work, and play. Long Beach will continue to promote its overall “Livability” initiatives, which also include “Swimability” and “Walkability,” to promote healthy active lifestyles so all residents and visitors can experience an increased quality of life.
"Bicycling, walking and jogging bring people from across the city and region to our beaches,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “This new counter is a fun way to get data to ensure that beachgoers have the facilities and safety resources they need while they are here.”
During peak times the path can be used by more than 200 bikes per hour, along with approximately 185 pedestrians per hour.
The counter displays the number of pedestrians and bicyclists who use the path each day, and also year-to-date. The public can view in real-time how many people are bicycling and using the pedestrian path at www.longbeach.gov/PW.
Similar systems are in use in hundreds of cities, including Paris, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Sydney, Oslo, Budapest and Dublin.
Bicycling is on the rise in Long Beach. A recent study by Zillow found that the City has eight cyclists per 1,000 commuters, and a median bike commuter time of 22 minutes. In addition, the City was named the No. 10 “Most Bike Friendly City in America” in a survey using data from Zillow.com and featured on Active.com, the largest athletic event website in the United States.