2010 WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project
Mark your calendars for Oct. 5, 6 or 7!
We are excited to announce the third year of the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. In 2009, Cascade Bicycle Club, on contract through the Washington State Department of Transportation, enlisted over 250 volunteers to count bicyclists and pedestrians at over 150 locations around the state. In total, over 36,000 people were counted during the count periods last year. Given Washington State's and the local jurisdiction’s efforts to increase the number of the people bicycling and walking during the past year, we anticipate counting even more bicyclists and pedestrians in 2010.
Communities throughout the state have expressed interest in participating in the 2010 Documentation Project. In 2008 volunteers conducted counts in 20 cities, and in 2009, 25 cities participated in the effort. This year we will be adding new cities to the Documentation Project, such as Mercer Island, Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace. The widespread interest in this project is encouraging; it indicates an increased awareness to the importance of collecting empirical data on bicycling and walking. Compared to other transportation modes, non-motorized transportation has historically received little attention when it comes to data collection.
The Washington State Documentation Project is an important step toward improving our system for collecting and analyzing bicycle and pedestrian data. Ultimately, this data will play a valuable role in planning, designing and funding bicycle and pedestrian projects, and will help us understand the factors that influence the levels of bicycling and walking in our communities.
This year’s bicycle and pedestrian counts will be held on Oct. 5, 6, and 7, during morning and afternoon peak periods (7 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.). We will be conducting counts in the following cities: Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Duvall, Ellensburg, Everett, Ferndale, Issaquah, Kelso, Kent, Kirkland, Longview, Lynden, Mercer Island, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Redmond, Richland, Seattle, Shoreline, Spokane, Tacoma, Tukwila, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima. The success of this project relies on our volunteers, and we thank those who have been involved in past years.
If you are available for a two-hour shift to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians in one of the communities listed above, please sign up for a shift (or two!) here. We look forward to working with you!
Please note: The following cities will be coordinating their own volunteers and counts. If you would like to volunteer in one of these cities, please e-mail the person listed as the City Contact.
For information on the Count Project, contact Tessa Greegor at: email@example.com or 206-204-0913
2010 Count Documents
2009 WSDOT Report
2008 WSDOT Report