Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pedestrian Count Results Are In

Thanks to Margie Hall from the City of Spokane's Planning Department. She was kind enough to compile the results of a pedestrian count we worked on in June. Margie and I take part in a Non-Motorized Transportation group that includes reprentatives from STA, SRTC, City of Spokane, the Lands Council, the Spokane Regional Health District, the Bicycle Advisory Board, the Commute Trip Reduction program, and several others.

In early June we did a walking audit of Monroe Street from Ide Street to Boone Ave. to identify barriers to walking, bicyling and using wheelchairs. And we found a lot of them. So that got us wondering how many people actually walk and ride on Monroe Street. We did a pedestrian count a couple days later (and have more planned) and were surprised by how many people do:

Site: REI, Boone to Mallon
3:30-4:40 p.m.

# pedestrians: 83
# bicyclists: 14
# illegal pedestrian crossings: 22
# illegal bike crossings: 1

Site: Monroe and Ide (north end of bridge to Broadway)
4:45-5:20 p.m.

# pedestrians: 66
# bicyclists: 9
# illegal pedestrian crossings: 14
# illegal bike crossings: 2

Site: Monroe and Broadway
3:45-4:45 p.m.

# pedestrians: 151 (3 in motorized wheelchairs)
# bicyclists: 33
# illegal pedestrian crossing: 27
# legal pedestrian crossings: 83

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.