Bike Counts

Traffic and bike counts are integral to transportation planning and infrastructure development in the Capital Regional District. The CRD operates two count programs, Automated and Volunteer that collect bicycle and pedestrian traffic data.

Automated Counts

To track annual and seasonal trends we have deployed several automated bicycle and pedestrian counters throughout the region that use a combination of inductive loops and infrared sensors. Automated counters provide real time data that updates daily. We are working with regional partners and already include data from the City of Victoria, the District of Saanich and the University of Victoria to provide a single point of access to all the automated counts in the region.

Volunteer Counts

Since 2011, CRD Regional and Strategic Planning has been counting bicycle volumes with the aid of volunteers throughout the region using a methodology following the best practices of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

crdbikecountsScreenlines are counted in the morning (7 to 9am) and evening (3 to 6 pm) peak commuting times, Tuesday to Thursday on a single day in May and October. Extreme caution should be observed when comparing year over year changes as these are single day short duration counts and factors such as weather can account for significant volume differences. These differences are reduced when comparing the relative volume at different stations within the same count period.

To learn more about the CRD’s transportation plans and active transportation initiatives, visit Regional Transportation.

Count Results Maps 2019

As of 2019, count results are being displayed in an interactive map at:

Zoom in to access more information by clicking on the count station icon.

Count Results Maps 2018

October 2018

May 2018

Count Results Maps 2017

October 2017

May 2017

Note: As of May 2017 counts are no longer intersection totals. They now reflect bidirectional travel on one street/trail segment. Bikeway infrastructure on these maps is current as of January 1, 2017. Increased volumes on Pandora Street are likely the result of the bidirectional protected bike lanes opened in May 2017.

Archive 2012 to 2016

October 2016

May 2016

October 2015

May 2015

October 2014

October 2013

July 2013

May 2013

January 2013

The first of the four-season counts ran from January 8 - 10, 2013. A total of 20 stations were counted, including three that were counted during the midday (9am to 3pm) and on all three count days. In addition to the maps, fact sheets (below) were developed to analyze volume change from October 2012 to January 2013, volume comparison throughout the day and gender breakdown (which was also new in 2013).

Fact Sheets


2012 Count Results

The counts were mapped and reported to the Planning Transportation & Protective Services Committee (PT&PSC ) meeting November 28, 2012.

The 2012 count ran October 2 - 4 at 60 locations.

Bike Count Volunteers

Bicycle counters are valued members of the data collection team. If you are interested in volunteering, please send us an email.