Cycle counters installed at busy commuter routes in Scotland

Devices used to track numbers of cycle commuters

Nine cycle counters installed at busy cycle routes throughout Scotland are due to be switched on. The devices, which record and display the number of passing cyclists, are being used by the Scottish Government to gain data on commuter traffic as well as to promote cycling.


Data collated from the nine Scottish routes will be displayed on a master unit outside the Government’s Victoria Quay office in Leith, Edinburgh.

The counters mark a £250,000 investment from the Scottish Government, which aims to have 15 percent of all commuter journeys done by bicycle by 2020. The device is manufactured by ITS Teknik and brought to the UK by Falco – there are now 44 of them installed across nine European countries. 

Counters in edinburgh (middle meadow walk), coatbridge (pictured) and union canal have already been powered up, the other six are expected soon:

Counters in Edinburgh (Middle Meadow Walk), Coatbridge (pictured) and Union Canal have already been powered up, the other six are expected soon

The government of Copenhagen recently used the same counters to monitor how weather conditions were affecting numbers of commuting cyclists. The counters also have additional functionality and are said to be capable of measuring a cyclist’s speed along with providing useful data on routes and public transport.

Some of the Scottish counters are already functional while others are still awaiting activation from each local council.

The counters are installed at the following locations in Scotland:

  • Edinburgh, Middle Meadow Walk
  • Glasgow, Anderston
  • Coatbridge, Bank Street
  • Stirling, Laurencecroft Road
  • Benderloch, LochnellPrimary School
  • Inverness, Millburn Road
  • Perth, NorthInchPark
  • UnionCanal at Edinburgh Quay
  • Clydebank, Whitecrook Street
  • Scottish Government’s Victoria Quay office in Leith, Edinburgh (master data counter)