Bike Activists Rejoice: A Low-Cost, DIY Tool for Urban Transportation Planning

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Bike Activists Rejoice: A Low-Cost, DIY Tool for Urban Transportation Planning Bike Activists Rejoice: A Low-Cost, DIY Tool for Urban Transportation Planning
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Bike Activists Rejoice: A Low-Cost, DIY Tool for Urban Transportation Planning

by Adele Peters

March 22, 2013

For anyone trying to advocate for better bike lanes or other improvements to city streets, there's a critical tool in getting changes made: better data. Not long ago, the only way to know how many cars or bikes used a particular street was to hire a contractor using expensive equipment, or to stand in place with a clipboard manually counting the traffic going by. The TrafficCOM was designed to make data collection much easier—it's a small, portable, low-cost device anyone can use to measure traffic.

The TrafficCOM has been used from Moscow, to San Francisco, to Santiago, Chile, and a new version launched on Kickstarter today. Support the project here

This project will be featured in GOOD's Saturday series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.

Images courtesy of Tomorrow Lab

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