The City of Somerville works to encourage active transportation for many reasons: encouraging better health, decreasing emissions, and cutting down traffic congestion... Biking, walking, and transit ridership is at an all-time high throughout the Boston metro area. But where are bikes and pedestrians most often in Somerville specifically? Where are they going, and where have they increased or decreased the most? Tracking this data helps us make better and more informed decisions about policies and projects.
These snapshot counts help planners understand current trends – including heavy traffic areas, light traffic areas, and areas of significant change. Planners can also use these numbers to shape future decisions or evaluate past decisions. For example, an increase in traffic on a recently reconstructed road helps support the idea that the road needed repair.
Stay tuned for posts over the next week with data on both cyclists and pedestrians.