Bikes Count–Help Count Bikes!

We’re always working for more and better data on how many people are bicycling to demonstrate the growing need for more and safer connected networks. Every fall under a program for the state Dept. of Transportation volunteers turn out to count you as you ride by — an “old-fashioned” data collection method that still helps us understand who’s riding.

Counting bicyclists and pedestrians helps more accurately measure demand, gauge the results of investments and plan for future improvement projects. 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. It’s that time again so consider taking a turn.

A volunteer helps with the bike count in Spokane. Image from Spokane Regional Transportation Council

A volunteer helps with the bike count in Spokane. Image from Spokane Regional Transportation Council

WSDOT is working with Cascade Bicycle Club to coordinate volunteers to participate on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2014. Registration for volunteers is open now. If you’re interested sign up on this form or contact Paula Reeves, WSDOT, or Jeff Aken, Cascade Bicycle Club.

*Please note: The following cities will be coordinating their own volunteers. If you would like to volunteer in one of these cities, please email the person listed as the city contact:

If you’re not able to help with the count on those dates and want to volunteer in some other way, contact Louise McGrody. We’re compiling information on the state of bicycling county by county and would love to identify local experts — or experts-in-the-making — to help.

Cities Conducting a Bike/Pedestrian Count in 2014

  • Bainbridge Island
  • Bellevue
  • Bellingham
  • Bothell
  • Bremerton
  • Burien
  • Ellensburg
  • Everett
  • Federal Way
  • Ferndale
  • Gig Harbor
  • Issaquah
  • Kelso
  • Kent
  • Kirkland
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Lakewood
  • Longview
  • Lynden
  • Mercer Island
  • Milton
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Oak Harbor
  • Olympia
  • Orting
  • Parkland
  • Pullman (ADDED thanks to efforts of WA Bikes member Jaime Brush)
  • Puyallup
  • Redmond
  • Renton
  • Richland
  • Seattle
  • Shoreline
  • Spokane
  • Tacoma
  • Tukwila
  • University Place
  • Vancouver
  • Walla Walla
  • Wenatchee
  • Yakima
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