The National Park Authority has several counters placed in strategic locations across Eryri and the data collected is one of the most comprehensive in any National Park.
Using the data
The empirical data generated is important for several reasons. The figures allow the Authority to identify popular routes or areas and to allocate sufficient resources for their maintenance and management.
The figures also allow the Authority to foresee staffing requirements, both regular and seasonal, to manage popular and high-density areas.
The data is also useful to other organisations in the tourism sector industry. It is used to assess trends and to influence infrastructure decision such as public transport and parking policies.
Data is collected by two methods:
- pressure pad counters
- thermal background counters which feature break beam technology
All collected data is anonymous.
Some counters are also multi-directional and are able to differentiate between cyclists and walkers.