Residents are once again being asked to help count the number of people who prefer to walk or ride bicycles around the state.
Registration is now open for a three-day survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 26.
The Washington State Department of Transportation says that “Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count”.
In 2016, volunteers counted more than 78,000 people biking and walking in communities across Washington.
For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club have partnered partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Thursday, Sept. 28.
“Data from this survey help state and local governments plan and evaluate improved connections for Washingtonians who walk and bike, in a similar way we plan for other modes of travel,” said Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Volunteers make the collection process possible – we couldn’t do this work without them.”
Data from the count will be used to estimate demand for additional resources for walking and biking on state roads, as well as to measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian projects, and to improve the process for the future.
In addition to the annual count, permanent counters will be installed at locations around the state.
To see data from both data collection programs, visit the WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal.
To sign-up to volunteer, visit bikepedcount.wsdot.wa.gov
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are specifically asking for volunteers to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Skagit County, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.