Making bikes count

Better bike data helps advocates and jurisdictions increase safety, improve bicycle routes and make the case that traveling by bike is an important way to get around whether for transportation or recreation. Cascade is leading the charge around collecting and using ridership data to make bicycling better in communities across Washington, from short-term manual bike counts to building a comprehensive network of permanent bike counters throughout the state that monitor bicycle numbers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Help advance this effort by volunteering for the Washington Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation project or use data from permanent counters being installed across the state to better advocate for people riding bikes in your community.

Annual Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count 2020

After a break in 2019, the annual short-duration count of people using active transportation will resume this fall on Tuesday October 20, Wednesday October 21, and Thursday October 22! Working with WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club is recruiting and training volunteers and getting data into the system.

Join us on October 20, 21, or 22 across Washington state as we make bikes count! If you're interested in volunteering, send an email to info@cascade.org with a subject line that includes "WSDOT Count." The volunteer shifts are from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. on any of the three count days. For more information on the count, including what the data is used for, visit the Washington Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation project.

In 2018, there were 406 volunteers across 431 sites in forty-six cities throughout Washington state. This annual count is part of the Washington State Bike and Pedestrian Documentation Project, which generates important data about the numbers of people bicycling and walking on trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities across the state. This matters because the data is then used to track changes, design projects, and to measure the demand and benefits of investing in active transportation. To learn more, visit WSDOT. To see where the data goes, visit the data portal.

Help advance this effort by volunteering for the Washington Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation project by emailing info@cascade.org with a subject line that includes "WSDOT Count."

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