Mark your calendars – It’s bike count time!

We are excited to announce the fifth year of the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. Since 2008, Cascade Bicycle Club, on contract through the Washington State Department of Transportation, has enlisted hundreds of volunteers each September and October to count bicyclists and pedestrians in dozens of communities around the state. This year, we are recruiting volunteers to conduct counts in 40 communities around Washington.

Sign up for a two-hour count shift here!

Collecting data about bicycling and walking is critical to improving transportation systems to support these modes. Compared to other transportation modes, bicycling and walking have historically received little attention when it comes to data collection and analysis. The count data that volunteers will collect on September 25, 26, and 27 will play a valuable role in planning, designing and funding bicycle and pedestrian projects, while helping us to better understand the factors that influence the levels of bicycling and walking in our communities.

The 2012 statewide bicycle and pedestrian counts will be held on September 25, 26 and 27, during morning and afternoon peak periods (7 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.). We are looking for volunteers to conduct counts in the following cities: Bellevue, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Ellensburg, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kent, Kirkland, Lakewood, Longview, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Puyallup, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Shoreline, Spokane, Snoqualmie, Tacoma, University Place, 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 2-hour shift to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians in one of the communities listed above, please sign up for a shift (or three), here.

We will follow up with each of the volunteers as we get closer to the count dates with instructions and count materials.

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 state bicycle and pedestrian counts, contact Tessa Greegor.


Seattle City Wide Bicycle Counts: September 12

In addition, the City of Seattle is looking for volunteers to conduct neighborhood bicycle counts at 32 locations on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM. These counts  will be SDOT’s final volunteer-based bicycle counts at key locations throughout the entire city. The results will be used to help ensure consistency with SDOT’s new count methodology and to monitor progress toward increasing the number of bicycle trips as called for in the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan.

If you are willing to help, or would like more information, please contact Doug Cox at (206) 684-8264/ [email protected]. All volunteers will receive instructions and forms once their count location is confirmed.

Happy Counting!