Transportation officials want volunteers for biking and walking survey

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are seeking more than 300 volunteers to help conduct the fifth annual bicycle and pedestrian survey.

Volunteers will help count the number of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities on Sept. 25, 26 and 27.

“Volunteers are key to the success of this project,” said Ian Macek, WSDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, in a press release. “With their help, we are able to count bicycle and pedestrians in 35 cities across the state. The counts help us more accurately gauge where pedestrian and bicycle trails and lanes are being used, and where they are needed.”

Past surveys showed bicycle use is highest on trails, bridges and in downtown areas. The highest pedestrian counts were recorded near universities, in downtowns, near transit stations and in neighborhoods with mixed residential and commercial areas.

The information gathered this fall will be used to track progress toward the state’s goal of increasing bicycling and walking in Washington.

In addition, WSDOT’s survey will become 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.

Those who are interested in helping can learn more by visiting WSDOT’s Bicycling website, or by contacting Cascade Bicycle Club at or 206-204-0913.

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