The City of Columbia is seeking volunteers to help conduct our routine Pedestrian & Bicyclist Counts throughout Columbia. By counting pedestrians and bicyclists, volunteers help to ensure that all of the City’s residents count: transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists are often not accounted for in traffic studies – the same traffic studies used to make important decisions about our City’s landscape. In counting, volunteers are also taking part in a national effort: The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.
The City targets key intersections and crossings for pedestrian and bicyclist counts; these are locations which are heavily used, and at many of these locations pedestrians and/or bicyclists have been injured or killed. By collecting data routinely, on weekdays and weekends, we are able to provide valuable and robust feedback to the many agencies that plan for our roadways. The survey helps planners and transportation agencies better understand who uses the City’s roadways – streets and sidewalks included – and how they use them. A greater understanding of people’s behavior, as well as new data, can help lead to people-oriented planning and policy that inspires walkable, bikeable, and livable transportation design.
Volunteer to count as many times as you please! Nine time slots are available, and each of the locations must be counted once on a weekday and once on a Saturday. Volunteers can select from a list of count locations, and will count pedestrians and cyclists at one location for two hours.
WHAT: City of Columbia Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts
WHEN: Volunteer to count as many times as you please! Nine time slots are available, and each location must be counted once on a weekday and once on a Saturday:
Saturday, March 25, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)
Tuesday, March 28, 7:30-9:30AM
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30-9:30AM
Thursday, March 30, 7:30-9:30AM
Saturday, April 1, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30-9:30AM
Wednesday, April 5, 7:30-9:30AM
Thursday, April 6, 7:30-9:30AM
Saturday, April 8, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)
WHERE: Sign up at https://bit.ly/2023SpringCounts; counts occur at locations throughout Columbia
WHO: Open to the public
To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/2023SpringCounts. If you have questions regarding the routine Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count effort, contact the Planning Division at 803-545-3222. Reporting and analysis for past count efforts can be found here: https://planninganddevelopment.columbiasc.gov/bike-ped-resources/. For information on the City’s Planning efforts, including the Walk Bike Columbia Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan and the Walkable 29203 Pedestrian Master Plan, visit https://planninganddevelopment.columbiasc.gov/city-plans/.
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