Monday, May 5, 2014

Volunteers need for FABB bike counts on May 8 & 10

FABB has been conducting volunteer bike counts for the past several years at a few locations in the county. The next count dates are Thursday, May 8, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday May 10, noon to 2 p.m. We still need volunteers for these three locations/times:

Thursday, May 8, 5-7 p.m.
-W&OD Trail at Route 123

Sat., May 10, Noon-2 p.m.
-W&OD Trail at Gallows Rd
-W&OD Trail at Fairfax Co Parkway

The procedure is straightforward. At each location we count cyclists who pass through the intersection, noting direction of travel. The main goal is to get an overall count of all cyclists who pass through the intersection. This way we can track bike travel over time to determine whether use is increasing or decreasing and to try to correlate the trends with changing conditions.

While we sense that the number of people who travel by bike is growing, without counting we can only guess whether that perception is true. Arlington County has a very successful automated bike counting system supplemented by volunteer counts. They have used the numbers to help justify plowing snow from trails in the winter

We hope the county eventually establishes a bike counting program, perhaps once the bike program is actually funded. In the meantime, FABB will continue our small-scale counting effort.



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