Statewide bike, pedestrian count to shape future traffic models

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 1:33 PM

SEATTLE -- A large-scale effort to count pedestrians and bicyclists is happening this week, the results of which will shape future transportation projects and designs.

More than 30 cities throughout Washington are taking part in this head count. The Washington State Department of Transporatation will have volunteers counting the number of pedestrians and bicyclists on trails, streets and sidewalks.

When WSDOT started the bike count four years ago, volunteers counted 19,000 pedestrians and bicyclists. Last year, that number spiked to 51,200.

Some cyclists said the roadways need to improve.

"The roads are just getting worse and worse every year, you know. The buses, I mean, they're great, but they're so heavy, the roads aren't designed properly for them so they damage the roads. Big trucks for construction projects damage the roads," said Alex Rohde, who rides his bicycle to work.

The bike count runs 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Friday.
 

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