Multi-counters determine popularity of pedestrian and cycle routes
Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland has installed three pedestrian and cycle counters from UK company Traffic Technology to monitor and record the numbers of people walking or cycling in two areas of the city.
The counters are installed on urban posts, two in the new CS Lewis Square, named after one of Northern Ireland’s most famous writers. The other is at the Sam Thompson Bridge which connects Victoria Park to Airport Road, the Harbour Estate and Titanic Quarter and opens up access to the 9km Connswater Community Greenway.
The innovative Eco-Multi accurately distinguishes between pedestrians and cycles on a single path and determines their direction, while a ‘click and lock’ system enables several units to be combined to provide up to sixteen channels for multi-direction, multi-count sites for combined vehicle, cycle and pedestrian monitoring if required.
The data collected by the counters enables the City Council to understand how popular routes are and enables it to compare numbers of pedestrians and cyclists currently and in the future; it can also demonstrate the benefits of improvements such as localised widening, improved access arrangements and lighting.
Comments Richard Toomey, Traffic Technology’s managing director, “The Eco Multi is a versatile counter, which can be installed unobtrusively in an urban or rural area to provide accurate data on pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles, or a combination of all three.”