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The unseasonably warm weather that the DC region experienced this past winter is quite apparent in the numbers taken using Arlington County's automated counters. Take a look at the above graph to see how bicycle ridership on the trails saw a huge spike from February to March, in some cases more than doubling! *Note that the steep decrease for March at W&OD Columbia Pike numbers was due in part to a counter malfunction.
But how does these numbers compare to year over year changes? Let's take a look at February & March numbers from past years at our longest running counter on the Custis Trail at the top of the hill near Rosslyn:
February, 2010 - 933 (snowmageddon!)
February, 2011 - 12766
February, 2012 - 20968
March, 2010 - 23362
March, 2011 - 24027
March, 2012 - 37465
That's a pretty impressive increase in 2012!
(Edited to change March, 2009 to March, 2010)
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