Update from Jan- September 30, 2013

Hi All,

Here is the follow-up about our fundraiser (yesterday) and about volunteer needs for the bike/pedestrian count that is happening this week.

· EBAG’s Annual Pancake Breakfast (our only fundraiser of the year) was held yesterday in downtown Edmonds at the Edmonds Masonic Center in our blustery & wet weather. At the same time Cascade Bicycle Club was registering cyclists at our Masonic Center so they could ride the Kitsap Color Classic. I didn’t hear the final tally of registered cyclists, nor our final count on unpaid (volunteers) & paid breakfast eaters, but the weather definitely kept our numbers very low….I heard it was the lowest ever for EBAG’s pancake breakfast.

Thank you to all our wonderful EBAG breakfast volunteers who arrived (some got drenched) in the very early morning hours to make our breakfast happen, and THANK YOU especially to John Larpenteur, our pancake breakfast manager. We could not do this fundraiser without John’s hard work and many years of experience coordinating our breakfast and all our volunteers.

· Annual Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts on Oct 1,2, or 3 (WSDOT & Cascade Bicycle Club) – volunteers are still needed in our area. As of this morning when I checked, for example, these cities still need counters: Everett (1), Mountlake Terrace (2), and Shoreline (1). These counts are to benchmark the numbers of people bicycling and walking on trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities across the state on October 1, 2 and 3, 2013.

Question: What is the purpose of this documentation project? Answer: Transportation planning and design at all levels requires understanding of actual conditions. This involves determination of motor vehicle, bicyclist and pedestrian numbers. This data dealing with the characteristics of vehicle or people movement is obtained by undertaking traffic counts. Just like motor vehicle counts, counting bicyclists and pedestrians at specific locations will help us to more accurately estimate demand, measure the benefits of investments, and design our projects. This information will also help us target safety and mobility projects and improve our traffic models.

To register go to: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/count.htm and click the link for volunteer sign-up. Or email Ryann Child at Cascade Bicycle Club, at: cpa@cascadebicycleclub.org.

I hope the weather gets a bit nicer by Wed or Thur, since I’ll be doing the bike/pedestrian counts on the Interurban Trail again.

Thanks again to all our volunteers who help make these events possible, and to help support cyclists and pedestrians in South Snohomish County.

Jan

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