Long Beach Looking for Bike Counting Volunteers

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E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA

Streetsblog contributor Anna Chow sends along the following news:

The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to help do bicycle counts this Thursday and Saturday to help guide their infrastructure decisions.  Details from the City of Long Beach’s flyer that can be found at bike facilities and gathering spots around Long Beach:

Want to help make Long Beach the most bike friendly city in the nation?

Here’s your chance to get involved!

In an effort to guide improvements to bicycle infrastructure and riding conditions, bike counts will be conducted throughout the City of Long Beach.

Those who would like to volunteer for the bike counts will be required to attend one of the following 90 minute training sessions.

Wednesday, October 15th
12 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Pyramid Annex Conference Room
California State University, Long Beach

The bike counts will be done on the following dates:

Thursday, October 16th
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 19th
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information and to register, please visit:

www.csulb.edu/rideshare

If any Streetsblogger takes parts in the counts and wants to write about the experience, send me an email at damien@streetsblog.org.

Photo: rookorc/Flickr

  • Make sure to point them towards the MTA’s survey of cyclists! It is named the “Enhanced Public Outreach Project for Metro’s Bicycle Transportation Strategic Plan” or EPOP.

    I transcribed the conclusions of the thorough study here:

    http://bikeoven.com/epop/

    The MTA’s EPOP found the following:

    Bicyclists need access to the same destinations as drivers of automobiles. Origin and Destination Survey results show that the most common destinations for bicyclists are concentrated along major arterials, especially in areas with intense commercial activity (see Community-Based Origin and Destination Survey Analysis pages 27 to 104).

    The study also found the following:

    Bicyclists in low-income communities with high levels of transit use tend to ride more often and make more utilitarian trips (Figure 3.2, page 18). The areas they live in also tend to have fewer bicycle facilities. Rights of way are often built out completely making the installation of facilities like bicycle lanes a challenge. Local planners need to consider all the options available for improving the bicycling environment when making street improvements.

  • Meanwhile, in the City of LA, the art of counting has been lost. At the Westside Bicycle Master Plan Workshop, LA’s Bikeways Coordinator reported that the City of LA no longer performs the traffic counts for cyclists, as required by the BMP, because “the company that did the counting went out of business.”

    Perhaps the City of LA could send a delegation to the training session and rediscover the ancient art of “countin’ stuff!”

    “Cyclists Count!” (just not in LA)

  • Marcotico

    If any streetsblog regulars attend the training workshops please share your experience with the rest of us. I wanted to attend, but upon closer reading I saw the the training sessions are during work hours.

  • Tim Osborne

    Very Cool. I will spread the word.

    Always a fun bike rid through the HB!

    http://www.westsiderentals.com/southerncalifornia/apartments.cfm/Long-Beach-Apartments/

  • Biker

    O love how the Bike rider is riding the wrong way on a one way street. ???? Hello !!!!

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