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ABC Fall Bike Counts

November 13, 2012 | Comment

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) began gathering data on cyclist travel patterns and demographics in the City of Atlanta in Spring 2009. Since then, with the help of volunteers across the city, ABC has been able to document a 386% growth in the number of Atlanta residents commuting by bicycle! Not only does this information highlight the need for expanded and improved bicycle infrastructure, it helps city officials and planners prioritize projects that will provide the greatest benefits to Atlanta’s cycling community.

This fall, from November 7th-21st, volunteers will once again hit the streets to track cycling statistics for ABC’s Bike Counts project. We are hoping to collect data on cyclist routes and demographics (age, sex, helmet, etc.) in more locations around the city than ever before, but we need your help to make it happen! Volunteers will work in teams of two per location and time, gathering information on cyclists as they pass for two hours during peak commute times in the morning and/or in the evening. Shifts scheduled for days with inclement weather will be rescheduled to prevent weather variations from throwing off our data, so you will not be expected to stand in the rain or extreme conditions.

Volunteering is fun and easy! Just follow these simple steps:

– Visit http://abcbikecountsfall2012.eventbrite.com/ to sign up as a volunteer
– Choose your location (many intersections to choose from across the city – find the ones nearest you): http://goo.gl/maps/tsbOz
– Pick the best date (Nov. 7-21) and time (7-9am or 5-7pm) to fit your schedule
– Sign up for as many shifts as you want (limit two volunteers at a time per location)
– Print the tracking documents that we provide you (or pick up copies at our office in Downtown Atlanta)
– Arrive at least 10 minutes early for your shift and track cyclist information per the instructions provided for the entire two hour period
– Once all your shifts are complete, turn in all documentation to ABC (in person or electronically)

Please help spread the word about this outstanding opportunity to support the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition in their mission, “To create a healthier, more sustainable Atlanta by making it safer, easier, and more attractive to bicycle for fun, fitness, and transportation.” If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Caceda at leslie@atlantabike.org.”

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