Fwd: Help with Fall PACTS Region Bike/Ped Counts

From: John B.
Sent on: Thursday, August 8, 2013 1:53 PM
Below is a request that is very relevant to bike commuting - answering the question "how many of us are there, anyway?" If you are interested, please fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/PACTScount or contact Abby King (CC'd).

John Brooking, LCI, CSI, BPSE
Bicycle Traffic Confidence Educator
League Cycling Instructor, bikeleague.org
Cycling Savvy Instructor, cyclingsavvy.org
Maine Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Educator, bikemaine.org
Boy Scout Cycling Merit Badge Counselor

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From: Abby King <[address removed]>
Date: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM
Subject: Help with Fall PACTS Region Bike/Ped Counts
To: "[address removed]" <[address removed]>


Are you interested in volunteering two hours of your time in September to go outside and count bicyclists and pedestrians in your community? The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is working with the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) to conduct counts of the numbers of people walking or bicycling at key regional locations at specific times of the day and year.  Counting only takes about two hours, and it is easy, entertaining, and helpful!  

I'm writing to see if you might be available to volunteer your time for our next round of counts. The dates for this round are September 7-14. If you can help, please use this form to let us know about your availability: tinyurl.com/PACTScount. Please also forward this email widely to any groups or individuals you are associated with professionally or personally that could help.

You'll see a list of all potential count locations on the sign-up form and help at any location is appreciated. We particularly need volunteers to conduct counts at location #s 2, 5A, 5B, 18, 19, 21B, and 23.

Here's some more information about this project:
- The counts will be held on a "typical" Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 4-6 pm  and on the Saturdays in the week preceding or following the midweek count.  "Typical" conditions means that the weather is not abnormally good or bad.  Counting essentially involves standing outside with a clipboard and a form and counting the numbers of people who pass a particular point and making a mark in the appropriate box.  Think of it as "functional people watching"!  

- The work is being guided by Alta Planning and Design.  All counters will receive a quick training via conference call and all necessary forms prior to the count events.  It's not terribly complicated. 
- There are 23 locations around the PACTS region (which is roughly half of Cumberland County).  Locations include:  Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, Portland, Westbrook, Gorham, Windham, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport.  

Again, please spread the word to your colleagues and friends that may be interested in volunteering. Please contact me if you have questions, and please forward this message freely within southern Cumberland County! The link to sign up to volunteer is: tinyurl.com/PACTScount.

Please contact me if you have questions, and please forward this message freely within southern Cumberland County! 


Abby King
Community Advocacy Coordinator
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
[address removed]

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