Last week we hosted our last installment of our BIKE Talks series for 2023.  For this particular panel, we focused on Count Dat: a project to utilize the bike and pedestrian data that has been collected in the city for over a decade.  What began as a passion project to tell a story through numbers and charts, turned into a full on collaboration between UNO Transportation Institute, the City of New Orleans, and Bike Easy.  Together we have been able to document the number of people utilizing select bikeways and trails, and place useful links to other active transportation data in one place.

Our panelists included:

  • Geoff Coats – Blue Krewe
  • Jeannie Donovan – City of New Orleans Department of Health
  • Allene La Spina – Bike Easy
  • Matt Rufo – City of New Orleans Office of Resilience & Sustainability
  • Jennifer Ruley – City of New Orleans Department of Public Works
  • Tara Tolford – UNO Transportation Institute

If you missed attending, you can check the recording here

Some of my favorite Count Dat resources include the Data Highlights: monthly reports UNO Transportation Institute has been putting together on subjects like Bike MonthMardi GrasFestival Season, and St Claude Ave among others.  It also includes some of the signage you will see placed in the next few weeks on the Lafitte Greenway, Wisner Trail and Norman C. Francis Parkway Trail.

More Count Dat resources include:

  • New Orleans trails, bikeways, and count locations
  • Growth of the New Orleans bikeway network over time
  • New Orleans Bikeway Blueprint Map
  • New Orleans Transportation Safety Dashboard
  • New Orleans Accessibility Dashboard
  • Permanent bicycle count station data live Dashboard

Please take a moment to check these reports, and resources and let us know what you think by filling out this Feedback Form.

If you want to do an even deeper dive on data, check this League of American Bicyclists’ webinar coming up this Wednesday, November 8th – 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Bikes Count in the Big Easy: A Snapshot of cycling in New Orleans

I hope you find all this information useful!  If you want to continue to support our work, please consider singing up to be a Bike Easy Member today!  Click here to find out more.