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Boise bicycle advocates looking for volunteers for May bike count

Boise bicycle advocates looking for volunteers for May bike count

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED May 3, 2012

Organizers of an effort count bicycle traffic in Ada County in September 2011 are now trying to rally support for another bike count May 15-17, right in the middle of Boise Bike Week.

The September effort was led by the Ada Bicycle Alliance, an off-shoot of the Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance.The Ada Bicycle Alliance has since disbanded, but key members are behind the May effort to count bicycle traffic in Ada County.

“We were able to vastly expand the number intersections where we counted bikes,” Says Rick Overton, chief number cruncher and bicycling advocate. “The effort caught the attention of several agencies and organizations that are now looking to provide more support for these on-going efforts. But for now, we need to rally volunteers to count bikes during Bike Week.”

If the May bike count is successful it would mark the first time since 2007 that bicycle traffic has been counted twice in one year. Planners use bike count numbers to justify expenditures on bicycle facilities and amenities, like bike lanes.

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