Non-Motorized Counts

Non-motorized counts refer to the collection of bicycle and/or pedestrian counts on roadways and trails throughout the region. While there are several ways to collect these data, MRMPO utilizes permanent counters, short duration counts, and purchases Strava data to supplement these counts. Collecting these types of counts can be tricky because walking and bicycling travel patterns are not the same everywhere. There are a variety of factors that can have an impact on travel patterns such as climate, culture, or whether a roadway feels comfortable for someone to choose to walk or bicycle for a trip. Even though difficult to collect, having access to non-motorized data is helpful to not only better understanding these travel patterns, but also targeting limited infrastructure investments to key locations to have an impact for pedestrians and/or bicyclists. 

Permanent Counts

A permanent counter is an automated device located at a site collecting data 24 hours per day/365 days per year. In coordination with the City of Albuquerque, MRMPO manages seven permanent bicycle/pedestrian counters located on trail networks in Albuquerque. Each of these seven counters collect the number of pedestrians and bicyclists that pass by.

Permanent Count Locations:

  • Erna Fergusson (installed May 2014)
  • El Pueblo near the Rail Runner station (installed May 2014)
  • Bosque trail just north of Montano (installed October 2017)
  • Bosque trail just south of Central (installed October 2017)
  • North Diversion Channel Trail just south of Indian School (installed October 2017)
  • North Diversion Channel Trail near Journal Center (installed October 2017)
  • Paseo de las Montañas Trail at Jerry Cline Park (installed October 2017)

MRMPO is currently working to organize existing data to share on this web page. Data from these seven counters will be updated quarterly to this page starting in 2019. 

Quarterly dates:

  • Data from January 1 – March 31 will be uploaded on or by May
  • Data from April 1 – June 30 will be uploaded on or by August
  • Data from July 1 – September 30 will be uploaded on or by November
  • Data from October 1 – December 31 will be uploaded on or by February of the following year

Short Duration Counts

Short duration counts can be collected either manually in person or by some type of portable automated equipment. MRMPO has access to one portable automated device to collect short duration counts. Current practice for short duration counts involves “screenline” count where all pedestrians and bicyclists passing a designated line are counted, which is similar to tube counts for automobiles. Best practice for video collection is video collected from May-September, on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday for AM/PM peak hours, and Saturday or Sunday video from 11am-1pm. Counts are not typically collected during holiday weeks. After the video is collected, it is manually tabulated.

Since short duration counts can be quite labor intensive, MRMPO set s a schedule of counts each year to collect weekly counts from May-September except for holidays. MRMPO typically selects counts locations in places where known projects with bicycle and or pedestrian improvements will be made. These counts can serve as a “before” project count. Typically, after a project is complete, MRMPO will collect “after” counts. 

Short-duration counts can also be collected for MRMPO member government entities when requested with advance notice.

Non-Motorized Counts Interactive Map

The conceptual transit system outlines future transit routes and expected types of service for the routes. Like the other system maps, the conceptual transit system helps to identify roadways that are planned to include transit so that current projects can preserve right-of-way or plan for other elements that may be needed in the future. To assist in the planning of a multi-modal system, data is collected at permanent trail count locations and from historical pedestrian and bicycle intersection counts taken from 2002-2008.

More recently, in collaboration with the Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change Initiative, bicycle and pedestrian counts were collected and analyzed at specific locations in Albuquerque’s International District and the South Valley to illuminate potential contributing factors influencing non-motorized user volumes and behaviors. Findings are compiled in the following report: Pedestrian and Bicycle Travel Monitoring Report September 2016 (PDF).