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Volunteer Opportunity – 2016 Washington State Bicycle & Pedestrian Count


The Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count will be taken at locations throughout Washington State in nearly 40 jurisdictions, including Burien. This annual event records bicycle and pedestrian volumes at specific intersections in cities throughout the State. The methodology is based on the recommendations from the National Documentation Project. Volunteers will count bicyclists and pedestrians for two hour shifts (7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.) on September 27, September 28, and/or September 29.

A helmeted cyclist was added to the bike/ped count while starting the climb westbound up the hill on S 136th. St. from Des Moines Memorial Drive. (Photo ©Maureen Hoffmann)

Data collected from these counts will be used to monitor success in increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel as identified in the Washington State Bicycle Facilities and Pedestrian Walkways Plan while also providing critical data to support improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Let’s show them how many of us really are on foot and on our bikes!

In 2012, Gary McNeil volunteered to count at the intersection of SW 152nd and 1st Ave. S., alongside KFC, in the early morning shift. He also signed up for the afternoon shift at SW 160th and 4th Ave. SW, by Sylvester Middle School. Way to volunteer, Gary! (Photo ©Maureen Hoffmann)

What is the purpose of the Count Program?

Transportation planning and design at all levels requires understanding of actual conditions. This involves determination of motor vehicle, bicyclist and pedestrian numbers. This data dealing with the characteristics of vehicle or people movement is obtained by undertaking traffic counts.

Just like motor vehicle counts, counting bicyclists and pedestrians at specific locations helps us to more accurately estimate demand, measure the benefits of investments, and design our projects. The information helps us target safety and mobility projects and improve our traffic models.

How do we collect the counts?

The documentation project uses a data collection protocol similar to and consistent with the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. We work with a network of city staff, bicycle club members, and other volunteers to collect counts and document them using this consistent process.