I volunteered for the LACBC & LA Walks Bicycle & Pedestrian count. They only conduct these eyes-on-the-ground surveys every 2 years, and the data they collect is SO interesting, from an urban planner’s standpoint. For example: women cyclists are considered good indicators for bike-friendly cities, mainly attributed to women being more risk averse. An increase in women cyclists means that, in general, more people are biking around town either because they feel safer, there’s a bigger economic draw, or just because it’s more fun.
I was stationed on Sunset Blvd. at the Sunset Junction in Silver Lake. I chose the spot mainly because I pass it on my weekly Bike Train I conduct, and was curious to see how many cyclists are on my route, just at different times. Also, I just wanted to be amazed at the spectacle of caffeinated hipsters.
My morning count of eastbound traffic: I counted 22 cyclists, 194 pedestrians, 7 brunettes, 3 pedestrians wearing sandals, 1 pedestrian holding coffee, 1 pedestrian wearing an unnecessary scarf, 3 pedestrians with pleasant smiles, 1 attractive smelling pedestrian, 2 pedestrians in business attire, 1 Travis Tarr, 1 Wesley High, and 2 scientologists.
My afternoon count of westbound traffic: I counted 62 cyclists, 222 pedestrians, 1 pedestrian wearing a tanktop, 9 pedestrians with facial hair, 1 of which was a fancy mustache, 1 pedestrian wearing a super-hero themed shirt (Batman!), 4 pedestrians wearing headphones, 1 pedestrian with luggage, 3 tourists, 2 pedestrians with unnecessarily large sunglasses, 1 Katie Brooks Bennett, and 20 pedestrians I think I could beat in an arm wrestling competition.