San Francisco hosted the nation’s first city-wide Walk to Work Day last Friday, April 12th in an effort from Walk San Francisco to promote walking as a sustainable and safe means of transportation throughout the city. Many local businesses joined in the event by offering treats and discounts to walkers and Show Dogs on Market Street hosted a Walk to Work Happy Hour in the evening. The Motionloft team monitored pedestrian activity during the Walk to Work event and we are pleased to share a few insights from our gathered data.
We compared Friday morning’s pedestrian activity with the previous month’s data, gathered during the same hours on Fridays. Walk to Work Day saw a 20% increase in pedestrian activity throughout the entirecity of San Francisco! A few of the neighborhoods that saw a notable increase in pedestrian activity during the morning commute hours were Civic Center, SoMa, South Beach, and Union Square.
Though there was an increase in pedestrian activity between 7 and 10 am on April 12th, San Francisco’s vehicular traffic remained average for this time of year. The most significant change in pedestrian activity was seen during Show Dog’s hosted Walk to Work Happy Hour – commuters turned out in nearly double the numbers from previous Fridays between 5:30 and 7:30 pm!
The Motionloft team is looking forward to working with Walk SF in future Walk to Work Days and we are prepared for an even greater increase in participation with each passing year!