Volunteers needed for annual bicycle, pedestrian count Oct. 1 - 3

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 2, 2013 

State transportation officials are looking for volunteers to count the number of people in Bellingham who ride bikes or walk to their destinations during a three-day period in early October.

The sixth annual survey, aided by Cascade Bicycle Club and other organizations, will count the number of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Oct. 3. The count will also help measure Washington's progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking while reducing the number of vehicle miles driven.

Counting cyclists and pedestrians helps transportation officials better measure demand and plan for future improvement projects, said Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

The state count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council.

Statewide, nearly 60,000 bicyclists and pedestrians were counted by volunteers across Washington during a three-day survey in 2012.

MORE INFORMATION

- Bicycle and pedestrian count: wsdot.wa.gov/bike/Count

- Cascade Bicycle Club: cascade.org

- FeetFirst: feetfirst.org

- Bicycle Alliance of Washington: bicyclealliance.org

- National Documentation Project: bikepeddocumentation.org

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