Each summer the Bureau of Transportation enlists dozens of volunteers to manually count people on bikes at close to 300 sites across the city. The data collected - including bike turn movements, rider gender, and helmet use - contributes to a robust set of data helping to grow and improve Portland's bicycle network.
Counts occur June through September on good weather days (no rain or extreme heat), mid-week (Tues-Wed-Thurs). Each site is usually counted one time during the summer.
View past bike count results HERE (Google Doc)
Portland bikes, we count.
Thank you to our 2018 bike count volunteers!
2018 Bike Count Locations
- volunteer site list (assignments & open sites)
- full list of count sites (PDF)
- interactive map of count sites (for PDF click here)
- count instructions
- count example
- blank intersection count form two pages so you can download and print double-sided!
- 4-leg intersection count form two pages so you can download and print double-sided!
- custom count forms (select sites only)
**Skateboards are people, too**
In partnership with Portland's NW Skate Coalition, PBOT has added a skateboard tally to the annual bike count. Volunteers are asked to include a tally of any skateboarders travelling through your assigned intersection during your two-hour bike count. You do not need to track gender, helmet use, or direction of travel for skateboarders. The skateboard tally can go anywhere on your bike count form, but please keep this separate from the bike tallies.
Count bikes, get famous!
You could end up on Google Maps like this guy:
Thanks for counting, buny!
Every Bike Counts, May 14-15, 2015: Portland's first ever 24-hour volunteer-run bike count!
Starting at noon on Thursday, May 14, volunteers counted bikes (and skateboards!) at the intersection of SE Ankeny & 28th for twenty-four hours straight! We also had soup samples, a ukulele band, a smoothie bike, and a raffle drawing at the Active Transportation support station. Local businesses donated snacks and prizes for the support station and raffle drawing. Over the 24 hours, we counted 2,231 bikes - from 325 from 5 to 6pm on Thursday to just 6 bikes from 3 to 4am early Friday morning.