People Counters In HdG Are Back

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HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — After a hiatus, people counters are back in Havre de Grace.

The devices have been installed on the Joe K Trail, the Promenade and "several locations downtown" to gauge how many people are using these areas, according to Havre de Grace Economic Development Director Bridgette Johnson.

“They do not take any type of pictures,” Johnson said at this week’s City Council meeting.

Citizens had been concerned, she said, that the people counters used in the past were cameras conducting surveillance.

Made by TRAFx, the devices use body heat to detect humans. They were to be installed Tuesday, she said; the city wanted to have the sensors back by First Friday.

“It is great to actually have a number” to understand how many people are visiting certain attractions, Johnson said. 

One thing the counters will help with is grants, which usually require measurability.

In addition, Johnson reported the people counters helped city officials understand what people are using; for example, the city learned that the Joe K trail had more visitors than previously thought.

The people counters will count hikers, joggers, skaters and even people on horseback, according to Johnson. But, she said, “They don’t count animals.”

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