GObike News

August 21, 2019

Help Us Count Bicyclists and Pedestrians in the Buffalo-Niagara Region!


Working with the Niagara River Greenway Commission and transportation partners, GObike is conducting bike counts. We need your help!

 

Bicycle and pedestrian counts are used to inform transportation planning. Though cars are counted ad nauseam, consistent annual bicycle counts are not conducted in the Western New York region. If they don't count you, you don't count! 

A few more reasons why bicycle and pedestrian counts matter: 

  • In addition to establishing baseline data about cycling, annual counts will allow us to identify trends in the number of cyclists in response to infrastructure changes. For example, how many less people are using the Shoreline Trail due to the current impasse? How many more people are traveling Bidwell Parkway now that bike lanes have been added?.
  • By counting trail users, we can get a better understanding of how trails are being used and use the volume of riders to encourage continued investment in our multi-use trail system. 
  • Data can be used to establish a better idea of mode-share split in corridors and communities. 

Volunteer Position

Here's what to expect as a count volunteer: 

Sign up for a two-hour counting time slot using our form, either during a weekday, a weekend, or both. Counts will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (September 10 to 12) from 4 to 6 pm and Saturday, September 14, from 12 to 2 pm. 

Rain dates for the counts will be conducted the following week:

Tuesday to Thursday, Sept 17 to 19, 4 to 6 pm and Saturday, September 21, 12 to 2 pm

During the time slot you select, you will stand or sit at your assigned location for two hours, counting bicycles and pedestrians (we'll teach you how). 

We'll provide orange safety vests, all necessary forms, clipboards, and pens. You'll just need to provide whatever will make you most comfortable—water or beverage, chair, appropriate dress, headphones and/or anything else you might like.  

After the counts, you'll mail or email the completed counts to us back to Thea Hassan at thea@gobikebuffalo.org

Orientations

We'll have a 15-minute mandatory orientations at the following times. The orientations will be on a rolling basis, so you can stop in any time during the below hours:

—Wednesday, September 4, 5 to 7 pm, at the Community Workshop, 98 Colvin Avenue
—Thursday, September 5, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, at 640 Ellicott Street

If you are unable at attend any of the above orientation times, we can provide alternative arrangements.

Thank you so much for your consideration! 

Please sign up here

 

Help Us Count Bicyclists and Pedestrians in the Buffalo-Niagara Region!