Councilmember O'Brien left office on December 31, 2019. This website is for archival purposes only and is no longer updated.

2011 bike and pedestrian counting program

No Comments (Leave Comment)

This year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is kicking off a new program to count pedestrians and bicyclists at sites throughout the city. Staff will be using a new methodology provided by the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project which is being used by cities throughout the US, and has a number of benefits our current system doesn’t provide.

These counts are a fun and informative way to see how people are moving from place to place without cars, and as an avid bicyclist, I am committed to helping more people walk and ride to their destinations. This new method will enable us to collect better data on a more frequent basis, and will lead to better decision-making when we are planning new investments.

Since I joined the council in January, one of my guiding principles is to ensure good data informs good decisions. I think this new program will give us information to make decisions with a shrinking pot of money for these investments.

Volunteers are the backbone of this work, and I hope you join me for the first quarterly count on January 11-13. Each volunteer will receive a short training and be asked to participate one two-hour period per quarter. Counts will take place January 11-13, May 10-12, July 5-7 and September 13-15, and the Saturday preceding.  Count periods are 10 am to noon and 5 to 7 pm on weekdays and noon until 2 pm on preceeding Saturdays. To volunteer, please send an e-mail to with your name, e-mail address, phone number, preferred neighborhood, and whether you are available weekdays or weekends or both.

 Hope you can join us!

Leave a comment

You need to login to post comments!

© 1995-2018 City of Seattle