Work on the Bike2Health project in Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace is continuing this week with bicycle counts.
The Bike2Health program seeks to connect major bicycle routes in the three cities by adding 11 missing links to the region’s bicycle network.
The counts will help project officials understand how many people currently ride bikes in the streets where the routes will be located. The cities will also conduct counts after construction is complete to determine how the new routes affect ridership. These counts will occur quarterly until September 2017. The next round of bicycle counts is scheduled for June 27—29 at the following locations:
- 76th Avenue West & Olympic View Drive – Edmonds
- 9th Avenue South & Walnut Street – Edmonds
- 76th Avenue West & 212th Street Southwest – Edmonds/Lynnwood
- 52nd Avenue West & 212th Street Southwest – Lynnwood
- 200th Street Southwest & 48th Avenue West – Lynnwood
- 68th Avenue West & 200th Street Southwest – Lynnwood
- 56th Avenue West & 230th Street Southwest – Mountlake Terrace
- 80th Avenue West & 224th Street Southwest – Edmonds
For more information and to see pictures of this project visit the project website.
I’m all for more people getting out there and biking but do counts like these garner real results? Promoted beforehand, most of the people doing the counting are from local bike clubs that are trying to get more public funds, and encourage their members to be on the road on count days. I wonder how they would compare to unannounced counts on those same streets done by a third party?
It looks like they are trying to get a count of riders before installing some improvements that have already been funded. After they build the improvements, they will presumably do a follow-up count to see if the improvements made a difference. My guess is that they are looking for a change in ridership rather than actual ridership.
I initially worried about not being counted because of the location (I mostly get around by bike and usually take parallel streets to 56th/230th, so they wouldn’t even count me even though I am right there – there are better biking routes than 56th!) but it makes sense if they are trying to measure the impact of improvements.
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