I don't have a particular ax to grind. Although, the data I gather may lead me in a particular direction after I gather it and review it. Would that be a census, or survey?
I tend to think bike lanes or sharrows should be painted on this particular stretch of street, but I'm not sure what sort of data would be compelling, or influential, toward that end. Number of cyclists per hour? Rate of vehicle/cycle conflicts? Number of cyclists who DON'T ride that area out of fear of 45 mph multi-lane traffic ? Hard to count that last one.
Weekday or weekend? I supposed weekday would be more compelling, although that would require taking a vacation day for me, and anyway, I am also interested in what the weekend traffic would be like, and how it would compare. So maybe a weekend day first, to get a baseline, to refine or adjust the data being gathered, and to see if a weekday would be worth it.
Herewith I present my initial thoughts. Let me know any suggestions you may have. Get up. Go ride.
Observe for four hours and record the following for each cyclist seen:
- Vehicular, Gutter, Sidewalk, Other
- RW, WW (right way, wrong way)
- Roadbike, Mtn Bike, Cruiser, tandem, other
- Single, group
- Helmet, no helmet
- Observed vehicle/bicycle/pedestrian/animal/other conflicts
- Observed violations (specify) (near a stop light or signal preferably)
- Lycra, No lycra
- Additional notes