Biking home from downtown last night on the Cedar Lake Trail, I rode over a wee rubber tube just under the I-394 overpass. It looked something like what you might see on a highway for counting cars and as it turns out the tube is just that, but calibrated to count the much lighter weight of a bicycle.
Arlene Birt, the designer behind the mobile counting machine, explained that the stats collected throughout the day are projected every evening at 9 p.m. during bike walk week. The display includes not only the number of bikes that passed by, but also their cumulative carbon off-set and financial savings in comparison to driving. The counting will continue alongside Locus’ Tread Print station and the Greenway Glow this Saturday as part of Northern Spark.