Volunteers are needed for a bicycle count being conducted by cycling advocates during the week of May 15-7, which is Boise Bike Week.
Following on the success of the all-volunteer effort to count bicycle traffic in Ada County in September 2011, the organizers of that effort are now trying to rally support for next week.
“We were able to vastly expand the number intersections where we counted bikes,” says Rick Overton, chief number cruncher and bicycling advocate. “The effort caught the attention of several agencies and organizations that are now looking to provide more support for these on-going efforts. But for now, we need to rally volunteers to count bikes during Bike Week.”
If the May bike count is successful, it would mark the first time since 2007 that bicycle traffic has been counted twice in one year. The added bonus is that the attention focused on bicycling during Boise Bike Week is likely to result in increased numbers of riders. Planners use bike count numbers to justify expenditures on bicycle facilities and amenities, like bike lanes.
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