Volunteers Needed – 2013 Long Beach Bike Count
The City of Long Beach held its 6th Annual Bike Count on October 17th and 20th, 2013. In our quest to become the most bike friendly city in America, Long Beach has been collecting data on cyclist behavior and traffic volumes annually since 2008. With five years of data already collected, Long Beach’s database is one of the longest-running and most consistent in the nation.
The most impressive statistic about Long Beach’s Bike Counts – they have all been conducted by volunteers!
Long Beach not only possesses a growing network of bike routes and shops, but the city is also home to a vibrant, involved, and informed cycling community. The city is asking that community to once again spend a few hours counting cyclists and pedestrians.
You can sign up through Long Beach State’s website at this link:
The sign-up process will ask you to attend a training session to receive your count forms. The website will also give you the option to choose your Bike Count time block. You are more than welcome to volunteer for all three time blocks (just tell us in person at the training session).
Paul Van Dyk is the traffic engineer coordinating the bike count, and he can be reached at 562-570-6675 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
In addition to providing a stronger case on transportation grant applications, A solid data set allows us to analyze trends like the ones illustrated below:
Over the past 5 years, we have seen significant growth in bicycle volumes across the city. These two locations have seen some of the most dramatic growth, rising to nearly three times their 2008 volumes.
We can also use the Bike Count data to see how cyclists’ behavior has changed. A focus on promoting safe riding practices has led to a decrease in wrong way riding (wrong way riding is the leading cause of bike collisions in the city).
We can also track trends over larger areas, like the Atherton entrances to CSULB. It was interesting to note that there was a spike in cyclist volumes on Palo Verde Avenue that coincided with the opening of Long Beach State’s Student Wellness and Recreation Center.
Previous years have had around 100 volunteers show up for the count, and the city is looking to grow that number this year. Invite your friends and neighbors to get involved!