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City of Columbia releases pedestrian, bicyclist counts

Since 2014, volunteers have conducted counts at 34 locations throughout Columbia to determine possible safety solutions for walkers and bikers.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of Columbia has released the latest bicyclist and pedestrian counts with information from 34 locations throughout the city to be used to observe traffic patterns and possible safety solutions for walkers and cyclists.

Pedestrian and bicyclist counts have been recorded since 2014 for the Walk Bike Columbia Master Plan. The data has been used to understand the needs of those who get around town on their own two feet and to prioritize safety solutions such as dedicated bike lanes, new sidewalks and crosswalk installations. 

According to the city, volunteers have counted over 30,000 pedestrians and over 2,000 bicyclists in 332 separate counts.

Some of the highest trafficked areas for pedestrians and bicyclists include:

  • Devine Street, between Pulaski and Gadsden streets, with an average daily pedestrian count of 2,319 and 72 cyclists
  • Gervais Street, between Lincoln and Park streets (in The Vista), with an average daily pedestrian count of 1,828 and 23 cyclists 
  • Laurel Street, between Sumter and Main streets, with an average daily pedestrian count of 1,646 and 37 cyclists 
  • Greene Street, between Laurens Street and Saluda Avenue, with an average daily pedestrian count of 1,142 and 147 cyclists 
  • Sumter Street, between Greene and Pendleton streets (USC Horseshoe), with an average daily pedestrian count of 6,114 and 107 cyclists 
  • Washington Street, between Main and Sumter streets, with an average daily pedestrian count of 2,582 and 9 cyclists 
  • Wheat Street, between Pickens and Sumter streets (near USC's Blatt Physical Education Center), with an average daily pedestrian count of 1,485 and 223 cyclists 

Other areas subject to the count include Harbison Blvd., Rosewood Drive, Millwood Ave., River Drive, Farrow Road, and Bull Street. 

The entire report can be found online at planninganddevelopment.columbiasc.gov.

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Our Planning Division staff and volunteers have worked together to conduct regular pedestrian and bicyclist counts...

Posted by City of Columbia Government on Monday, March 28, 2022

The city is seeking volunteers to continue counting and recording data, beginning Tuesday, March 29. 

Persons interested in counting pedestrians and bicyclists should select a time slot from those listed below and fill out the online form to participate.

  • Tuesday, March 29, 7:30-9:30AM
  • Wednesday, March 30, 7:30-9:30AM
  • Thursday, March 31, 7:30-9:30AM
  • Saturday, April 2, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)
  • Tuesday, April 5, 7:30-9:30AM
  • Wednesday, April 6, 7:30-9:30AM
  • Thursday, April 7, 7:30-9:30AM
  • Saturday, April 9, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)

Once you've selected a date and registered online, a staff member will contact you for your choice of 34 locations to count.

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