City of San Diego installs bike counter on 30th Street

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NORTH PARK, Calif. – The intersection of 30th Street and University Avenue in North Park is always busy.

In 2021, the City of San Diego created protected bike lanes to help avid bikers like Kyle Heiskala get around.

“I cycle at least four to five times a week, and I use my bike to get to work,” Heiskala said.

Heiskala, chairman of the board of directors of Bike SD, said more than 16 people died last year riding bicycles on the streets of San Diego.

He said the cycle lane was a game-changer for cyclist safety.

“It shouldn’t be a life-or-death decision whether or not to move around the city without a car,” Heiskala said.

To help track bike lane usage, the city installed a bike counter along 30th Street, which is considered a popular bike lane.

“[The] black diamonds cut into the pavement…when you see someone driving over it, that’s when you’ll see the count happen,” said Everett Hauser, program director for the Department of Transportation.

Hauser said the tracker uses an algorithm to count bicycles and scooters traveling in the bike lane or on the street.

The device was installed on January 22. On Friday afternoon, it recorded nearly 2,000 trips.

“As we grow our protected network, more people are encouraged to ride for all the trips they need, and counters like this help us document that,” Hauser said.

However, some community members have criticized the city for removing parking spaces to create bike lanes.

“We have introduced some [parking spots] back, and we also did side street conversions. Overall, it’s still progress in the city to increase parking,” Hauser said.

The city installed another bike counter along Pacific Highway last November.

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