Volunteers needed for State’s Annual Bike/Pedestrian Count in Burien

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The Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count will be taken at locations throughout Washington State in nearly 40 jurisdictions – including Burien – and Volunteers are needed.

Data collected from these counts will be used to monitor success in increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel as identified in the Washington State Bicycle Facilities and Pedestrian Walkways Plan while also providing critical data to support improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

“Let’s show them how many of us really are on foot or on our bikes!” reads an announcement on WABI Burien’s website.

In 2012, Gary McNeil volunteered to count at the intersection of SW 152nd and 1st Ave. S., alongside KFC, in the early morning shift. He also signed up for the afternoon shift at SW 160th and 4th Ave. SW, by Sylvester Middle School. Way to volunteer, Gary! (Photo ©Maureen Hoffmann)

We, at WABI, are opening up a volunteer opportunity for those who want to contribute to the bicycle and pedestrian counts for 2013. There are only about 22 volunteer spots that we need to fill. Can you step up?The bicycle and pedestrian counts are, as you might guess, a tally of bicyclists and pedestrians at selected intersections. We do the tallies every year, in the same locations and compare and contrast trends over time. The count is run by Cascade Bike Club and the numbers are all turned in to WSDOT. Each volunteer counter is only asked to do one 2-hour shift. Over the 3 day stretch, each chosen location needs a morning count and an afternoon count (you only need to do 1!!).

Here are the details:

WHAT: Bicycle and Pedestrian Count 

WHEN: Volunteers can choose to conduct their count on one of these days:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, OR
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, OR 
  • Thursday, Oct. 3

Times: 7am-9am OR 4pm-6pm<


  • SW 136th & 4th Ave SW
  • Ambaum & SW 136th St
  • SW 150th & 4th Ave SW
  • SW 152nd & 21st Ave SW
  • SW 152nd & 1st Ave S.
  • S. 136th St & 8th Ave S
  • 1st Ave S & Normandy Rd
  • Ambaum & SW 144th
  • SW 160th & 4th Ave Sw
  • Des Moines Memorial Dr & S 136th St
  • SW 116th & 4th Ave SW

So how can you participate?

  1. Choose a location from the list.
  2. Choose a morning or afternoon shift (7am-9am OR 4pm-6pm). Your shift can be fulfilled on any one of the three days.
  3. Email WABI ([email protected]) with your preferred location and shift, we’ll check its availability then send you a confirmation ASAP. Locations and shifts are assigned on a “first come, first served” basis, so don’t delay. Get the time and spot you want! (Please contact us at WABI because we’re coordinating things for Cascade.)

2013 BicycleandPedestrianVolunteerInstructions

Taking part in these counts is also a rare opportunity to just sit and observe your fellow Burienites for 2 hours, and chat with people as they pass by.

Please forward this along to anyone you think might be interested.

If you have ANY questions or concerns, please Email WABI ([email protected]).

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