NEW RidePod® BP: Bike + People Counting

Bike + People Counter

Accurately monitoring active modes of transportation is a difficult problem to master. On shared paths, separating pedestrians and bikes from a stream of similar objects (e.g. prams, skateboards) is a unique challenge. Both people and cyclists often travel in groups, making it even tougher to accurately count each person. To add further complexity, cyclists are people, but they shouldn’t mistakenly be counted as pedestrians.

Engineers at the MetroCount R&D facility in Australia have gained a strong understanding of these challenges, over many years of research, and applied their expertise in piezoelectric sensor technology to develop a world first bike + people counter.

Hardware

Two piezoelectric sensors embedded in the pavement are connected to the RidePod BP counter to record both bicycle axles and pedestrian footfalls. Firstly, with advanced bicycle axle detection algorithms, the system identifies and separates bike traffic. Next, non-bike recordings are processed to detect passersby, resulting in a reliable and consistent pedestrian volume.

Both of these traffic streams are available for analysis in the one dataset that describes the shared path traffic.

The RidePod BP system is robust and will record accurate statistics year-round, in extreme conditions, without the need for regular maintenance. Enclosed in a solar-powered cabinet, the counter is compatible with MetroCount’s FieldPod® Remote Access technology. This will enable remote access to facilitate data download, system diagnostics and analysis services.

NOTE: The software technology used to compute pedestrian volumes can be applied to existing RidePod BP sites. Historical data files from current sites can be unlocked to reveal years of pedestrian statistics.

Bike and Pedestrian Counter

Software

Like all MetroCount systems, the RidePod BP uses MetroCount Traffic Executive® software for setup and data analysis. The “Shared Path Scheme” included in MTE V5x has been developed to capture active transportation modes. Additionally, the software offers a variety of cycling reports such as directional information, speed and traffic gaps.

The ability to combine pedestrian, bike and vehicle analysis with the MTE interface provides a quick and easy way for planners and engineers to evaluate active transport efforts.

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