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Bike counters in North Park are showing incorrect readings

Bike counters in North Park are showing incorrect readings

CBS 8 recorded the bike counter double-counting bikes, counting vehicles and not counting some cyclists. SAN DIEGO — The bike counter that the City of…

Friday, Jun 03

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CBS 8 recorded the bike counter double-counting bikes, counting vehicles and not counting some cyclists. SAN DIEGO — The bike counter that the City of San Diego installed along 30th street in North Park is over-counting the number of bicycle riders that ride through the busy stretch of Uptown.

CBS 8 was on hand to watch the newly-installed bike counter tick up when a car was parked in the bike lane and watched the ticker count single cyclists get counted twice.

Cycling advocates say they never expected the counter to be 100-percent accurate, while some residents and business owners say the inflated count only validates what they have long believed to be the case, the use of the new protected bike lane along 30th Avenue is far lower than the city has claimed it to be.

WATCH RELATED: New bike lane project breaks ground in North Park Business owners and some residents oppose the protected bike lanes. They say the removal of parking has put the brakes on foot traffic in their stores and restaurants and feel the lanes should be placed along more residential streets.

Cyclists and others, however, say San Diego needs to shift from a car-centric mindset to a more pedestrian-dominant lifestyle. Doing so will slow climate change and at the same time increase foot-foot traffic in neighborhood business districts. More importantly, they say protected bike lanes will ensure the safety of cyclists and move the city closer to its goal of zero pedestrian deaths.

Pat Sexton has suspected the daily […]

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