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Volunteers needed for annual count of bicyclists and pedestrians

Participants in the Cascade Bicycle Club's Chilly Hilly ride, gathering at Seattle's Coleman Dock for the ferry trip to Bainbridge Island. Feb 27, 2011

It's become an autumn tradition: the annual survey of bicyclists and pedestrians in Washington. For the fourth year in a row, volunteers are needed to help the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Cascade Bicycle Club take a statistical snapshot of the number of people who get around by walking and biking.

The count takes place September 27, 28 and 29. It's part of the National Documentation Project sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. WSDOT is working to increase biking and walking in order to decrease automobile traffic, and the count will help measure how much progress is being made.

According to Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond:

“The information volunteers collect helps ensure that we are investing transportation dollars on priority projects, in locations where they are needed most.”

Volunteers for the count are needed in 28 cities across the state, including Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Everett. You can sign up by contacting the WSDOT

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KNKX news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology.