Los Angeles

LADOT to Count City's Pedestrians, Cyclists to Measure Uses of Transportation

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation Saturday will begin its first-ever count of people who walk and bike on the city's streets.

The count will use cameras from the city's Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control system, along with volunteers assigned to specific locations to monitor the number of people walking and cycling on the streets.

"What gets measured matters," LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said. "As we continue to transform our streets to meet climate and safety goals, the way we measure their use transforms, too."

The count -- which will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, and on Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3 -- will be partially funded by an $825,000 grant from the Toyota Mobility Foundation to LADOT, the city's Information Technology Agency and Cal State Los Angeles.

In addition to the count, the grant funds will be used for a pilot program over the next two years to install new cameras, sensors and updates to machine learning software in an effort to expand personal mobility options.

Students and researchers at CSULA created the video recognition algorithm to count pedestrians and cyclists.

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