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Updated: Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts





For Immediate Release: Friday, August 7, 2015

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265

 

Updated: Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts

 

STURGIS, S.D. – Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation show high numbers of vehicles entering Sturgis for the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, but came up short of breaking the one day record for vehicles entering Sturgis.

 

The largest daily traffic count happened on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, during the 60th Anniversary Rally where 110,488 vehicles entered Sturgis. 2000 was also the year of the highest vehicle traffic for the seven official rally days of Monday thru Sunday at 604,441. (previously reported numbers were incorrect).

 

So far, the highest daily traffic count for the 2015 Rally is 96,409 vehicles entering Sturgis on Monday, Aug. 3 but officials do not expect the remaining official rally days to exceed that number.

 

Below are the preliminary vehicle counts and the available comparison counts through Aug. 5.

 

2015:   Friday, July 24 to Thursday, July 30:       218,098

   (no comparison data available for these dates)

 

2015:   Friday, July 31:                       63,712          2014 Friday, Aug. 1:              43,259

            Saturday, Aug. 1:                    82,267          2014 Saturday, Aug. 2:         59,810

            Sunday, Aug. 2:                      90,304          2014 Sunday, Aug. 3:            69,888

            Total:                                      236,283        2014 Total:                           172,957

           

2015:  Monday, Aug. 3:                    96,409          2014 Monday, Aug. 4:         75,796

           Tuesday, Aug. 4:                      84,836          2014 Tuesday, Aug. 5:          57,388

           Wednesday, Aug. 5:                91,517          2014 Wednesday, Aug. 6:     66,809

            Total:                                      272,762        2014 Total                             199,993

 

Total traffic entering Sturgis for the first 13 days is 727,143.

 

Complete numbers for the 2015 Sturgis Rally will be available sometime next week and posted at http://www.sddot.com/transportation/highways/traffic/.

 

The following graphic provides a comparison of total vehicle trips into Sturgis for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the official Rally Week from 1999 to 2015: 

 

 (graph unable to embed, numbers are below)

1999 276,742
2000 324,486
2001 261,049
2002 282,217
2003 282,959
2004 280,347
2005 282,946
2006 241,923
2007 243,557
2008 210,965
2009 211,718
2010 248,638
2011 221,462
2012 225,035
2013 207,391
2014 199,993
2015 272,762

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