A bike-counting unit was put in on a busy Madison bike path Thursday, city transportation officials said.
The Madison Traffic Engineering said in a release Thursday that an Eco-totem counter was installed on the Southwest Path just east of Monroe Street. The unit tallies bicyclists who passover loops embedded in the path.
The unit counts the number of bikes on the path by day and keeps a running total of the number of bikes counted on the path for the year.
The city already collects information on how many bikes pass through a few locations in Madison, city traffic engineer David Dryer said in the release. Data collected from the Eco-totem will supplement that information. But the unit will allow path users to see the count in real-time.
"It will give people a reminder of how many bicyclists there are in Madison and the need to watch for cyclists on ... streets," Dryer said in the release.