Local counts needed for bikers/walkers; Data could bring funding opportunities

Do you see people walking or biking through the area? Want to help count them?

The Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project has announced that volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles within the state.

The three-day survey will start on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Volunteers are needed for this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count.

In 2015, volunteers tallied more than 74,000 bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across Washington. Counts were done all across the state, but none were done in Grays Harbor or Pacific County

Counts but focused on several cities in 2015 including:

Anacortes Kent Redmond
Bainbridge Island Kirkland Renton
Battle Ground La Conner Richland
Bayview Lake Forest Park Seattle
Bellevue Lakewood Sedro-Woolley
Bellingham Longview Shoreline
Bothell Lyman Skagit County (unincorporated)
Bremerton Lynden Spokane
Burien Mercer Island Spokane Valley
Burlington Milton Sumner
Concrete Mount Vernon Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation
Ellensburg Mountlake Terrace Tacoma
Everett Oak Harbor Tukwila
Federal Way Olympia University Place
Ferndale Orting Vancouver
Gig Harbor Parkland Vashon Island
Issaquah Pasco Walla Walla
Kelso Pullman Wenatchee
Kenmore Puyallup Yakima

 

For the ninth annual survey, the Washington State and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 29.

“The data from this survey helps communities in many ways,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “Volunteers are a key piece of the collection process – we couldn’t do this work without them.”

Data from volunteers will be used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities.

To learn more, visit WSDOT’s websiteemail Cascade Bicycle Club or call 206-439-4301.

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