State seeks volunteers to tally walkers, cyclists

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Transportation is looking for volunteers to help count the number of people who walk, ride bicycles or take other active travel means to reach a destination.

Counting will take place over three days around Wenatchee and other cities around the state from Sept. 25-27.

Results from this 11th annual survey will be used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. The data also helps agencies understand how and where to address active transportation options for people who don’t have the income to choose other transportation alternatives, according to a DOT news release.

“This volunteer effort makes sure that people who bike and walk are counted as essential users of the transportation system,” said WSDOT Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Each year that volunteers make the collection process possible, we get a more robust picture of the growth in active transportation.”

To volunteer, visit bikepedcount.wsdot.wa.gov.