Hermosa Cyclery employee Chyna Giacolone poses with her cruiser and new SBBC t-shirt at her bike count location. (photo courtesy of Patch.com)

After months of government outreach, city resolution adoptions, and consultant interviews and contracts, the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan recently celebrated its first technically-based accomplishment: bike counts.

A bike count is basically a peak traffic study tailored specifically towards bikes.  It provides valuable baseline data that will inform the plan’s new bikeway proposals.

With 65 volunteers covering 65 locations across two days last week, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and their grant partners now have the necessary basis for prioritizing new bikeways.

The volunteers that committed three hours of their time to gathering this information showed a great deal of dedication and enthusiasm and it could not have been done without them.  The cities of El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale and Gardena all offered paid staff to assist in the effort, as did Hermosa Cyclery.

The South Bay Bicycle Coalition plans to do another round of these counts next year, so please sign up for our email list to stay involved!  Check back soon for the bike count tabulated data.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the highest volume locations we saw across the seven cities: Esplanade at Avenue C, Pier Ave. at Monterey, Marine Ave. at Hawthorne Blvd., Crenshaw Blvd. at Manhattan Beach Blvd., Highland at Rosecrans and Prospect Ave at Torrance Blvd.  Check back soon!