The Baltimore City Department of Transportation and volunteers are conducting one of the city's tri-annual bike counts during the next three days.
The bike counts are used to determine if the number of cyclists is increasing, locate where bike infrastructure is needed and who is riding bikes, according to an email from Adrienne Barnes, a department spokeswoman.
The counts started at 7:30 this morning and will end at 6 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers will be stationed at the intersections of Falls Road and Maryland Avenue; Guilford Avenue and Mt. Royal Avenue; Aliceanna and Boston streets; Aliceanna and President streets; Pratt and Market streets; Keswick Road and Wyman Park Drive; Roland Avenue and University Parkway; and Guilford Avenue and 32nd Street counting bikers coming through those areas.
The bike count will be used to verify that the number of riders is up (50 percent in three years), that a greater percentage of women are riding (35-40 percent), recording turning movements at intersections to verify where safety improvements are needed, as well as determining the need for increased bike parking at Penn Station, according to Barnes’ email.
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