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State needs volunteers to count Scenic Bikeway riders

Posted by on July 30th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Cool volunteer opp with Oregon Parks & Rec:

OPRD is organizing cyclist user counts along the Tualatin and Willamette Valley Bikeways and we need volunteers to help with the counts.

User count data will be collected on August 16 and 17. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for two hour slots to count cyclists. Info will be used to calculate users numbers and the economic benefits of bikeways.

Willamette Valley Locations:
- Willamette Mission State Park
- Armitage County Park

Tualatin Valley Locations:
- Rood Bridge Park
- Manning Trailhead on the Banks- Vernonia Trail

Contact Alex Phillips, State of Oregon Bicycle Recreation Specialist, (503) 986-0631 or Alex.Phillips@oregon.gov.

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Comments
  • Spiffy July 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    how often to they recruit volunteers to count cars?

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    • todd.boulanger@yahoo.com August 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Actually the technology for counting motorized vehicles has been automated (typ. hose counters for speed, volume and axels) for a long time and for the most part it is a service already done by paid staff at each jurisdiction or agency…on the other hand these same agencies have not spent the funds to automate non motorized counts and or the staff time to set them up. Thus these calls for volunteers.

      It boils down to this, as I often would tell my traffic engineers: ‘you collect data on things you wish to understand and manage’, the act of NOT collecting data is in of itself an action…to do nothing. Then this lack of data makes it more difficult to fully understand all operational and safety issues of a roadway facility (to better manage it) and to also seek grant funds to improve things.

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  • todd.boulanger@yahoo.com August 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    The City of Vancouver Parks needs volunteers to do the same activity on this the north side of the Columbia:

    5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9-11 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 13 and 14 at the following locations:
    http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/aug/23/volunteers-nedded-count-trail-users-vancouver/

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