Bike traffic on Union Street seemed to grow, and Minto settled into a routine, dominated by walking.
|From the front pager on Soft Opening in April - |
Not representative traffic it turns out
|The Eclipse was popular!|
Of course not!
The daily counts show lots of variation with weather and events, and the weekly counts seem like the most stable at the moment. (It would be nice to have M-F and Sat-Sun counts broken out in more detail, but this is what we have just now. Agencies are still working on a reporting and publishing routine.) By the eyeball test, it looks like biking showed some growth on the bridge. If last year the weekly peak rarely touched 4000, this year is regularly exceeded 4000 and hit 5000 for a bit. By my reckoning that's a substantial increase, at least in the summertime.
|Weekly bike traffic on the Union St RR Bridge|
By the eyeball test, I don't see a meaningful change in the foot traffic, however. If the Minto Bridge took a significant bite out of the Union St foot traffic, I'm not seeing it.
|Weekly foot traffic on the Union St RR Bridge|
By contrast, bike traffic is a much smaller proportion of traffic on the Minto Bridge. Since there are fewer residences out south, and since the continuation on River Road is uninviting, it is not surprising that there is less bicycling.
Foot traffic also settled down from the exuberant peaks when it first opened. For the "soft opening" this spring, the peak was above 10,000! This summer, after the permanent opening and outside of the Eclipse, it rarely touched 3500. And the Eclipse traffic on it did not surpass the excitement of the Spring's soft opening.
In fact, now that it has settled into a routine its numbers in general don't seem very different from Union Street's, with daily trip counts clustering around 2000 or 2500.
|The Eclipse was also popular, but not as much as the opening|
|If we say the weekly biking traffic is around 500,|
that's about 1/6th the bike traffic on Union
Finally, the proportion of biking:walking trips on the Minto Bridge is quite small. At the north counter it's 3%, at the south counter it's 9% - again compared to 25% on the Union St Bridge.
(There are two counters for Minto at the wye in the path on the Riverfront Park footing. The "south" counter faces the acid ball, the "north" counter faces the playground. Probably the "north" one should be regarded as the main count, since people looping around the acid ball are likely already to have gone onto the bridge from the parking lot area and skirting the playground and are being double counted.)
In total the small numbers and the relatively larger weekend numbers are evidence that there's not much bike commuting traffic across the Minto Bridge, that biking on it is mostly recreational, and that foot traffic really is primary here.
All in all, for ordinary purposes it looks like we should regard both bridges as roughly equivalent to "collector" level streets, with peak summertime trip counts like "minor arterials." They serve a substantial number of people!