Posted: September 5, 2013 8:33:43 AM PDT
City officials are looking for at least 50 people on October 1, 2 and 3, 2013, to help count the number of people who bike or walk to their Bellingham destinations.
The information, gathered annually, helps track progress on local and state efforts to increase walking and bicycling and reduce dependence on single-occupancy vehicles. Along with falling leaves and back to school, the count has become an annual autumn event.
People can volunteer for either a morning count from 7-9 a.m. or an afternoon count from 4-6 p.m. on the date of their choice. To add your name to the list, contact Kim Brown, Transportation Options Coordinator for the City of Bellingham, at 778-7950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the sixth year Bellingham has been included as a “count city” in the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) initiative to quantify local and statewide walking and cycling numbers. WSDOT encourages communities to gather the information as part of a statewide effort to contribute to the National Documentation Project. Information from the Bellingham count supports local efforts and contributes to the statewide goal of reducing the number of vehicle miles driven and increasing bicycling and walking activity.
"Bellingham consistently has among the highest counts in the State,” Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said. “We’re proud of our community’s efforts to increase bicycling and walking. Participating in this annual count provides information we need to evaluate needs and make plans for future investments.”
More information about the counts along with the 2012 Count Report are available online at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/Count.htm.
Kim Brown, Transportation Options Coordinator
Public Works Department