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Volunteers needed for Snoqualmie's bike, pedestrian census

In 2012, nearly 60,000 bicyclists and pedestrians using the roads and sidewalks were counted, according to volunteer counts across Washington State, though there are no records for Snoqualmie in 2012 because no one was out counting. This year, the City of Snoqualmie Planning Department hopes to change that.

Twelve volunteers are needed in Snoqualmie for a two-hour shift on Thursday, Oct. 3, during the hours of 7 to 9 a.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.

Volunteers will count people walking or biking in Snoqualmie.

All that’s needed is something to write on, a pen or pencil, and a cell phone or watch to track the time.

“Counting bicyclists and pedestrians helps the city measure demand for bicycle and pedestrian programming,” said Nicole Sanders, Associate Planner for the City of Snoqualmie. “The counts can also help the city attract much-needed grant funds to improve sidewalks, bike routes, and walk-to-school routes.”

For this sixth annual survey, the Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations like FeetFirst and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to help count the people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities.

“We couldn’t document the number of people walking and biking without the help of many volunteers from across the state,” said State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson in a news release published by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Counts will be taken in a least 38 cities throughout the state with more than 400 volunteer counters. Help make Snoqualmie one of them!

Sign up to count

Those interested in helping can learn more by visiting WSDOT’s website, or by contacting the Cascade Bicycle Club at cpa@cascadebicycleclub.org or 206-861-9890.

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. 

 

 

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