Volunteer to help make the City of Columbia a safer place to walk and ride

The City of Columbia is seeking volunteers in September to help conduct our 6th annual Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts throughout Columbia. By counting pedestrians and bicyclists, volunteers help to ensure that all of the City’s residents count: transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists are often not accounted for in traffic studies – the same traffic studies used to make important decisions about our City’s landscape. In counting, volunteers are also taking part in a national effort: The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. 

The City targets key intersections and crossings for pedestrian and bicyclist counts; these are locations which are heavily used, and at many of these locations pedestrians and/or bicyclists have been injured or killed. By collecting data annually, on weekdays and weekends, we are able to provide valuable and robust feedback to the many agencies that plan for our roadways. The survey will help us better understand who uses the City’s roadways – streets and sidewalks included – and how they use them. A greater understanding of people’s behavior, as well as new data, will help to influence people-oriented planning and policy that inspires walkable, bikeable, and livable transportation design.

Volunteer to count as many times as you please! Eight time slots are available, and each of the 32 locations must be counted once on a weekday and once on a Saturday. Surveyors will count pedestrians and cyclists at one location for two hours. 

WHAT:       City of Columbia Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts

WHEN:       Volunteer to count as many times as you please! Eight time slots are available, and

          each location must be counted once on a weekday and once on a Saturday:

·        Tuesday, September 10, 7:30-9:30 AM

·        Wednesday, September 11, 7:30-9:30 AM

·        Thursday, September 12, 7:30-9:30 AM

·        Saturday, September 14, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)

·        Tuesday, September 17, 7:30-9:30 AM

·        Wednesday, September 18, 7:30-9:30 AM

·        Thursday, September 19, 7:30-9:30 AM

·        Saturday, September 21, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)

WHERE:      Sign up at https://form.jotform.com/91706220000135; counts occur at 33 locations throughout Columbia

WHO:         Open to the public

To sign up, visit https://form.jotform.com/91706220000135. If you have questions regarding the Annual Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count effort, contact Planning and Development Services Department at 803-545-3213. For information on the City’s Planning efforts, including the Walk Bike Columbia Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan, and the Walkable 29203 Pedestrian Master Plan, visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/planning-preservation/docs/area_plans/29203_finalpedplan.pdf. For information on the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, visit http://bikepeddocumentation.org/