City of Eugene requesting volunteers for 2010 annual bike/ped counts

We are looking for people to do weekday and Saturday counts on a sunny day in May.  Weekday AM counts are from 7 – 9 AM and PM counts from 4 – 6 PM.   Saturday counts are from 12 – 2 PM.

The City of Eugene does a bicycle and pedestrian count every year.  According to Lee Shoemaker, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Eugene, the counts are used to measure city progress, provide input into regional transportation models, report to the public, and as evidence for the usefulness of walking and biking investments.

This is the third annual bicycle and pedestrian count, and will be a little different than the previous two years.  The city is requesting volunteers to count cyclists and pedestrians on the River and Fern Ridge paths as well as on busy streets like 12th, 15th, and Alder.  The more volunteers they have, the more locations they can count. If you wish to volunteer, you’ll want to contact them as soon as possible.

The results of the previous counts were not readily available, but will be after this year’s counting.  WeBikeEugene will publish the data as soon as we get our grease-stained hands on it.

Read on to learn more about the count and how to volunteer.

Below is Lee Shoemaker’s official communication:

Volunteers Needed for 2010 Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

Bicyclists and Pedestrians:  As you know, our community is making a great effort to help Eugene become a more walkable and bikeable city.  We need your help to count bicyclists and pedestrians along our paths and streets.  Your help is critical in measuring existing use and evaluating the progress made over past years.  Counting bicyclists and pedestrians is a great way to help out with the city’s overall effort to make Eugene a great city for walking and biking with a small time commitment — and you even get to be outside!  Volunteers from previous years said it was fun, educational and passing walkers, runners and bicyclists were very excited that counts were happening.

We are looking for people to do weekday and Saturday counts on a sunny day in May.  Weekday AM counts are from 7 – 9 AM and PM counts from 4 – 6 PM.   Saturday counts are from 12 – 2 PM.

If you are interested in doing a bicycle/pedestrian count (or even two), please contact Lee Shoemaker at 682-5471 or at lee (dot) Shoemaker (at) ci.eugene.or.us for more details.  If you haven’t previously volunteered to count pedestrians and bicyclists, there will be a short and easy training to go over the count forms and general instructions that will take about 15 to 30 minutes.

Training times will be held in our office at 99 W. Broadway on the 4th Floor Garden Room of the Wells Fargo Building at Broadway and Oak.
*       Monday, May 3 @ 12 pm
*       Monday, May 3 @ 430 pm
*       Tuesday, May 4 @ 1130 am
*       Thursday, May 6 @ 12 pm
*       Friday, May 7 @ 12 pm

Lee will also make time to meet with individuals at other times.

Lee Shoemaker
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Eugene Public Works
99 E. Broadway, Suite 400
Eugene, OR 97401-3174
Voice:  541-682-5471
Fax:  541-682-5598
www.eugene-or.gov/bicycles

Author: C-Gir

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