Chart of the Day: Edina Bike/Walk Count Results, Daily Use Profile

Disclaimer, I work for the City of Edina, and made these charts for a presentation to the Edina Transportation Commission.

This chart shows all counts taken this year and summed all the times in 15 minute intervals throughout the city. (Four of the 15 minute segments were summed together to make the chart cleaner and easier to read, thus every point represents the hour following that time, i.e. a point at 7:30 is 7:30-8:30 not 7:30-7:45)

Streets Chart of Day (EDINA BIKEPED SLIDE) 3

The peaks mirror the overall shape assumed for most transit and roadway loading conditions.

You can see the whole presentation here, close to the 30 minute mark. OR you can stay tuned for more future Charts of the Day! (And the first two charts, Year-to-Year Comparisons and Daily Use by Location).


Joseph Totten

About Joseph Totten

Joe is a graduate of Civil Engineering-Transportation and Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota, and has a masters degree from Portland State University. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Joe has worked with nonprofits and public agencies in MSP and Portland.

3 thoughts on “Chart of the Day: Edina Bike/Walk Count Results, Daily Use Profile

  1. David MarkleDavid Markle

    I think it tells us that most traffic of all kinds reflects most individuals’ need to get from one place to another, rather than merely go sight-seeing.

    1. Joseph TottenJoseph Totten Post author

      And expanding on that, I would take this into consideration as a reason that walking and biking should be considered transportation modes, not only fun things.

      1. Thomas Mercier

        While I’d agree in general, of course the counterargument for the sake of caution is that if you look at when working folks have time to pursue recreation is before and after work which coincidently is the same times people are using for more transportation oriented uses. Really all a utilitarian focused use pattern may really suggest is that it isn’t desirable enough to be a midday recreation destination.
        Given the 25% drop off from peak that occurs by 4:30 I’d be inclined to say that this is a mixed utilitarian/recreational pattern. Although that early afternoon peak might be associated with school activity you’ve described in earlier posts and thus actually be more utilitarian than one might suspect as well.
        The moral of my rambling story is that it is as hard to determine use type in non-motorized monitoring as in vehicular.

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