Boston Bikes is looking for volunteers to count bikes during rush hours this September.
Bike counts are very important because it's easy for transportation engineers to count cars, and then focus on designing for the car traffic that they have numbers on. It's harder to count bikes, because it requires a real life person, not just a pneumatic tube*, and if that data doesn't exist, it's easier for the planners to imagine that bikes aren't a big part of traffic. How many times have you seen a stupid comment from a driver about "I never see any bikes in the new bike lanes" in the comments section of an article? We need data to be able to counter that kind of windshield blindness.
One recent result of a bike count was that the city was able to make the case for removing parking and adding bikes lanes on Mass Ave after counts indicated that bikes made up 10-15% of traffic on Mass Ave during rush hour.
Signup via Survey monkey with times and places that would work for you- they're focusing on 7-9AM and 4-7PM. More information, and the link to the signup here.
*It is possible to buy specialized pneumatic tubes that are calibrated to measure bikes passing over them, but most cities/ states don't bother to buy them, and I don't believe that it's possible to calibrate a tube to sense both bikes and cars- the pressure of a 200lb bike vs a 5,000 lb truck is too different.