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Washington state needs volunteer bike counters

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State transportation officials are looking for more than just a few good bicycle and pedestrian counters.

Hundreds of volunteers are being sought to participate in the sixth annual survey, scheduled for Oct. 1, 2, and 3 — that’s a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Bike commuters on Lake Washington bike path

Bike commuters on Lake Washington bike path

This year, 40 cities (the most ever) are participating in the survey that helps the state to better measure demand for future development of bicyclist and pedestrian projects. That’s more than double the 19 cities that participated in the first bike-ped count in 2008.

As in years past, the Cascade Bicycle Club is aiding in the effort to find volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for the morning or evening commutes. The job might entail standing at a street corner and counting cyclists as they whiz past. In Bellevue, the task involved sitting in a cubicle at city hall and counting cyclists and pedestrians as they appeared on a pre-recorded traffic monitor.

If you live in any of the cities below, you jump over to the sign up link or contact state Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Ian Macek, 360-705-7596, or Ryann Child, 206-861-9890, the Cascade Bicycle Club Volunteer Count Coordinator.

 

Bainbridge Island  Kirkland  Renton
 Bellevue  Lake Forest Park  Richland
 Bellingham  Lakewood  Seattle
 Bothell  Longview  Shoreline
 Bremerton  Lynden  Spokane Valley
 Burien  Mercer Island  Spokane
 Ellensburg  Milton  Tacoma
 Everett  Mountlake Terrace  Tukwila
 Federal Way  Oak Harbor  University Place
 Ferndale  Olympia  Vancouver
 Gig Harbor  Orting  Vashon Island
 Issaquah  Parkland  Walla Walla
 Kelso  Puyallup  Wenatchee
 Kent  Redmond  Yakima

In 2012, the count revealed increases in the number of cyclists when comparing locations that had been used each year between 2009 and 2012. The “AM” count showed a 36% increase in bicyclists between 2009 and 2012, and the “PM” count revealed a 46% increase over that time span for cyclists.

Last year, the volunteers also noted male and female cyclists. Males comprised 76% of all cyclists that year.

The state plans to continue following the bicycling and walking trends for the foreseeable future, as it aims toward a goal of doubling the number of state residents who ride a bike or walk to work by 2027.

The 2012 report is available online at Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

See more information about volunteering for the 2013 Washington state bicycle and pedestrian count.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/02/washington-state-needs-volunteer-bike-counters/

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