Help count bicyclists, walkers
August 31, 2012 · Updated 3:35 PM
Volunteers in Bellevue are needed this September to capture a snapshot of walking and bicycling in communities across the state.
The Washington State Department of Transportation needs more than 300 volunteers to help conduct the fifth annual bicycle and pedestrian survey from Sept. 25-27. Organizations like FeetFirst and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington also will be involved.
“Volunteers are key to the success of this project,” said Ian Macek, WSDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. Past surveys showed that bicycle use is highest on trails, bridges and in downtown areas. The highest pedestrian counts were recorded near universities, in downtowns, near transit stations and in neighborhoods with mixed residential and commercial areas.
The information gathered this fall will be used to track progress toward the state’s goal of increasing bicycling and walking in Washington. In addition, WSDOT’s survey will become part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort that is sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council.
Those who are interested in helping can learn more by visiting WSDOT’s Bicycling website, or by contacting Cascade Bicycle Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-204-0913.