Volunteers needed in late May and early June to help count bicyclists and pedestrians

April 14, 2016

Columbia Association (CA) and the Howard County Office of Transportation are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help count the number of pedestrians and bicyclists on CA pathways and in other locations in the county in late May through early June.

Volunteering will only take two hours of commitment, yet that brief amount of time will be of great help. The information learned through these counts will give CA and the Howard County Government a better understanding of the number and the demographics of people who walk and cycle along these routes. The data can then be used to validate the impact of past bicycle- and pedestrian-related improvements and help identify possible future projects.

The counting will take place between May 28 and June 4 in the following locations:

  • Cedar Lane bridge in Swansfield
  • Columbia Gateway Drive
  • Columbia Road bridge in Running Brook
  • Downtown Columbia
  • Harper’s Farm Road bridge
  • Jackson Pond
  • Lake Elkhorn
  • Lake Kittamaqundi
  • Patuxent Branch Trail at the Pratt Bridge near Guilford Road
  • Route 1 at the intersection with Montgomery Road
  • Tamar Drive at its southern terminus
  • Wilde Lake Park

Volunteers are asked to register by April 29 at bit.ly/bikepedcount2016 so that the counting schedule can be determined. Those who register earlier are more likely to be assigned their desired locations. An optional training session will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, located off Stevens Forest Road near the county vehicle emissions inspection station.

For more information, please contact Scott Templin at 410-715-3166 or Planning@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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