Recent paper from USA today indicates estimation of cyclists increase based on assumption, but city planners develop more and more counting. "Without those numbers, you're leaning on intuition and assumption, which don't carry a lot of weight when you're deciding budgets in a recession," Norvell says. "The way we change concrete and asphalt is to start counting people."
Information is always essential to decide, to justify choice, to optimise. We can imagine in near future our Personnal Travel Assistant will propose best transport solution but also will track our mobility while protecting our personnal information. We will be able to learn links between our mobility and external factors such as day of the week, weather, congestion, accident … and then we will be able to forecast main mobility choice, optimise road repartition, adapt massive transportation solutions.