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    1 intersection, 2 hours, 681 bicyclists. Seattle

    Fremont bridge yesterday during the annual bike & pedestrian count for the state of Washington. 2 hours of counting, 681 bicyclists.

    Darn, it was a lot of bicyclists. Most of the riders appeared to be commuters.
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    Anybody know how many were counted on the Interurban trail?

    I commute on this and would be very interested to know. How many times a year do they do this count? Seems as though a count in the summer time would give better results too.
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    I''m not at all familiar with Seattle, but a bike every 10 1/2 seconds sounds great. I wonder how many cars would be counted either at that intersection or at a more appropriate parallel intersection. I live for the day when such a question is absolutely inane because only disabled people use cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garate55 View Post
    Anybody know how many were counted on the Interurban trail?

    I commute on this and would be very interested to know. How many times a year do they do this count? Seems as though a count in the summer time would give better results too.
    I didn't notice anyone counting on the part of the Interurban that I ride.

    I believe from past conversations that the timing of the count is intentional, they want long-term transportation numbers, not inflated fair-weather rider numbers from summer. If they counted in late July, their numbers wouldn't be very credible when legislators look out the window at winter rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jputnam View Post
    I believe from past conversations that the timing of the count is intentional, they want long-term transportation numbers, not inflated fair-weather rider numbers from summer. If they counted in late July, their numbers wouldn't be very credible when legislators look out the window at winter rain.
    That is very true but what they need to do is average out the numbers between summer and winter because even though you have inflated numbers they are still commuting.
    And I am one of those "Fairer-weather commuters", rain doesn't bother me it is the biting cold, must be all these years in a heated office.
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    I don't think I was counted crossing the University bridge. Maybe I commute too late?

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    I saw almost as many bikes as cars today in the University District. That's impressive on a dry, but cold autumn day.
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    Hey all, sorry to revive an old thread, but just saw this on the Pinehurst neighborhood blog.
    Volunteer for neighborhood bike counts Thought my first post should be relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipride View Post
    Hey all, sorry to revive an old thread, but just saw this on the Pinehurst neighborhood blog.
    Volunteer for neighborhood bike counts Thought my first post should be relevant.
    The count times seem kind of weird, 10:00-noon and 5:00-7:00 P.M. It seems like the majority of bike commuters are at work before 10:00 A.M. and many will be off the road by 5:00 P.M. Maybe they want to bias the counts in favor of pedestrians. In my experience the people who drive to the bike paths tend to come out later.

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    @B. Carfree I thought they were weird too, but I don't know enough about these things to really have an opinion about it. I just think it's great that they're even doing it. Unfortunately, my rebuild won't be done in time to be counted as one of those riders.

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