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Portland Bureau of Transportation

We keep Portland moving

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Bicycle Counts

Portland has been successful in making bicycle ridership a part of daily life in Portland. That statement is taken directly from Portland’s Comprehensive Plan . It is a core element of our bicycle policies. Over the past 14+ years we have worked hard to make bicycling more convenient, comfortable, and accessible to more people throughout Portland and we have been successful.

How do we measure success?  Our new Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 calls for more than a quarter of all trips to be made by bicycling by 2030.

While we don’t have the ability to accurately measure bicycle mode share* for all trips, we do have a number of indicators showing that bicycle use is increasing as conditions improve for biking. Among the more important indicators are the regular bicycle counts we’ve conducted at locations throughout the city. The most significant locations are at the city’s four main bicycle-friendly bridges: the Broadway, Steel, Burnside & Hawthorne. These are the bridges with bicycle facilities on them, and generally leading to them. Bicycle use on these four bridges has grown 322% since 1991, while automotive trips have not increased at all

Other data indicating a strong upward trend in bicycle comes from Portland’s Auditor’s Office.

*Mode share is the percentage of all trips—not just commute trips—taken using a particular mode of transportation.

Manual volunteer bike counts have  been completed for this year. Look for an announcement for next year's volunteer training & counts in May/June 2014! 

2010 Bike Counts Report

2010 Bike Counts Report

2009 Bicycle Count press release

Read a summary of the results of the 2009 Portland Bicycle Counts here.

2008 Portland Bicycle Counts

Read the Report about the 2008 Bicycle Counts

Four Types of Transportation Cyclists

This simple concept is an important element in our efforts to plan to capture the next wave of potential cyclists in Portland.

2006 Bicycle Counts

Portland's Office of Transportation has researched, counted, and recorded information about bicycling in Portland. Click here to find all manner of data and graphs related to bicycle use in Portland.

Bicycle Counts

A map of past bicycle count locations

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