This indicator uses peak hour pedestrian counts which record the number of people on foot who cross through the City’s intersections. The City typically conducts counts every 2 years during the weekday and weekend peak hours using mounted video cameras. Weekday counts are conducted in the Fall at all signalized intersections in the City for the weekday AM peak hours (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM) and PM peak hours (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM). Weekend counts are conducted in the summer at Downtown and Main Street area intersections during the summer weekend peak hour (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM).

Why is it important?

Walking is one of the City’s most popular pastimes, for recreation, exercise and as an alternative to automobile travel. Everyone in Santa Monica, including residents, visitors, and employees, walk on a regular basis; and walkability is often cited as one reason for Santa Monica’s popularity. Walking is increasing nationwide, as a means of exercising to improve health, and as a sustainable transportation choice. Walkable, bike-friendly, transit-oriented oriented communities are key components of the Santa Monica Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). Walking plays a major role in reducing traffic congestion and the City’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The pedestrian counts are used to measure the volumes of pedestrians on the City’s streets. However, the counts do not provide information as to the travel patterns of such trips, including direction and where trips begin or end.

How are we doing?

A comparison of 2013 and 2019 count data indicates there was an overall decrease in the total number of pedestrians counted at signalized intersections. During the PM peak hour commute, there was a 5% decrease in the total number of pedestrians counted during the PM Peak hour commute from 39,706 to 37,938.

What can I do?