COSA Trail counters – accounting for out-and-back/return traffic

Hi COSA community – With helpful input from many of you, we here in Erie have selected a trail counter system to start tracking visitor usage at various open space and trail locations in town.

For those of you with experience managing trail counter systems, I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing any tips you use to account for sites which have some percentage of return traffic (i.e. people on an out-and-back bike ride vs. someone who rides a loop and only passes by once). We have a few sites with pinch points where we know close to 100% of the traffic is one way but are struggling to figure out how to account for sites that have return traffic potential.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance!

Matt Spinner | Parks Supervisor | Open Space & Trails
Town of Erie | Parks & Recreation Department
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