A bicycle advocacy group has conducted the first citywide bike count survey in Tempe, finding more than 9,000 cyclists during rush hour over three days.
The Tempe Bicycle Advocacy Group conducted the count with 75 volunteers who observed 43 intersections from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 29-31.
The highest concentration of bicyclists was near Arizona State University, with more than 150 cyclists per hour at intersections near the campus.
The group found the five busiest intersections are: University Drive and College Avenue, Apache Boulevard and Paseo Del Saber, Apache Boulevard and Rural Road, Lemon Street and Rural Road, and Broadway Road and College Avenue.
About 20 percent of bicyclists used helmets.
The group is also tracking age, gender and whether cyclists were on roads or sidewalks. Future counts are planned to track changing patterns. More information is available at the bike group’s blog, www.biketempe.org/events/bike-count.