City’s Counting on CMU: Study To Measure Bike Lane Usage in Pittsburgh

Are bike enthusiasts really using the new resources? Pittsburgh wants to know. So, city leaders have come to Carnegie Mellon to help them find out. The Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation group in the University Transportation Center — a partnership between CMU and the University of Pennsylvania — and CMU’s Traffic21 have put Bernardo Pires on the job.
Pires, a project scientist in the Robotics Institute, and his team have been working to collect data on how much the bike lanes are actually being used with a portable, computer-vision device they’ve built that records and counts individual users. They’re also tracking pedestrian behavior in relation to
the bike lanes.