Every Bike Counts
posted April 8, 2015 8:25 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Thu May 14 at 12:00 PM, SE Ankeny & 28th Ave
Southeast 28th Avenue & Southeast Ankeny Street, Portland, OR, USA (Map & Directions)
Portland's 24-hour bike count celebration! This looks like SO MUCH FUN I just had to share. Super exciting. Official details inside.
You are invited to participate in Portland's first ever volunteer-run 24-hour bike count

Help us kick-off the summer bike count season!
As part of PDX Bike Month this May, PBOT's Active Transportation Division will be hosting a 24-hour Celebration Station while intrepid volunteers (like you!) stand on the corner to record bike traffic. Cyclists riding through the intersection are encouraged to stop for a snack and a chat so we can say "thanks for riding!" and mark that tally.

Every Bike Counts is the perfect way to kick-off the summer Bike Count season beginning June 2. And if you are able to help out with the 24-hour count you will get first pick of summer count sites!
Yes, count me in! I want to help.

What's this all about? Simply put, data informs decision-making, and collecting bike ridership data takes time.
More than 100 volunteers take to the Portland streets each summer to record bike traffic across the city for two hours at a time. These pen-and-paper peak-hour counts are the basis for daily bike estimates which help us understand the needs and conditions for getting more people out enjoying a bike ride.

But many, many Portlanders are riding their bikes during off-peak hours - riding to work, running errands, or just cruising for the fun of it. Bike Counts and special events often miss these riders. By counting for 24 straight hours we will have a chance to say thank you to everyone on two wheels while raising awareness about the summer bike count and the need for volunteers.

What does a full day of bike traffic in Portland actually look like? We're about to find out! Here's how you can help. A 24-hour count is going to need a lot of hands to pull together, and that's why we need you! Here are a few particular volunteer jobs:

Count! We need volunteers to count in one- to two-hour time slots starting at noon on Thursday, May 14, and ending at noon on Friday, May 15. Just like the standard bike count, you'll be tracking helmet use, gender, and turning movements of each passing cyclist at the intersection of SE 28th & Ankeny. We'll even provide the clipboard.

Business Outreach! For all you savvy fundraisers out there, we need volunteers to help get the local businesses on board. We'll be focusing our door-to-door outreach at businesses along 28th Ave, SE Stark, E Burnside, and NE Glisan.

Make Fun! The Celebration Station will be at the corner for a full 24 hours and we need fun ideas to encourage people to stop by. Do you have a fun activity or a special skill? Want to help staff the table? Help us get creative!

Please respond by e-mail (taylor.sutton@portlandoregon.gov) or phone (503-823-4533) if you would like to volunteer or for more information.

If you would like to be a counter, please include your preferred count time. Count slots are first come, first served so get in touch soon!
posted by aniola to Meetup (3 comments total)

I requested afternoon/evening but told them to put me wherever they need me. If anyone is interested in coming along, I can let you know precisely when I'm scheduled to be there.
posted by aniola at 8:25 PM on April 8, 2015

I will be there from 3-4pm!
posted by aniola at 11:23 PM on April 9, 2015

Bike Portland reports.
posted by aniola at 8:09 PM on May 22, 2015

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