Volunteers needed for cyclist, pedestrian count starting Tuesday
September 27, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 27, 2009
Volunteers are needed to count cyclists and pedestrians using bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and roads.
State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club officials organized the count.
Volunteers are needed Sept. 29 to Oct. 1; two shifts are available each day: 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. To volunteer, call the bicycle club at 206-957-0689, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the club’s Web site.
Organizers targeted key areas in and around Issaquah to count: Front Street South and Newport Way Southwest; East Sunset Way and Sixth Ave Northeast; Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900; 17th Avenue Northwest and 12th Avenue Northwest; East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Avenue; Southeast Issaquah‐Fall City Road and Black Nugget Road.
DOT officials will use information from the count to track progress of a state goal to increase cycling and walking.
“When people have safe and convenient places to walk and bicycle, they are more likely to leave their car at home,” state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said in a news release. “This count helps us to measure the demand for and benefits of existing paths and trails, and to identify new needs.”