OLYMPIA –Volunteers are still needed to help count bicyclists and pedestrians in cities across Washington Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Oct. 3. The information collected will help the state gauge demand, measure the benefits of prior investments and design future projects for non-motorized travel.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club began recruiting volunteers in late August for this sixth annual survey that counts the number of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities.
“We couldn’t do this survey without the help of hundreds of volunteers,” said Ian Macek, WSDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “It’s not too late get involved, so we hope that people will sign up if they live in or near a count community.”
Volunteer participation is low in Bremerton, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Kelso, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Richland, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Yakima and Walla Walla.
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations like Feet First and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to help with the count.
WSDOT’s count is 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. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking while reducing the number of vehicle miles driven.