The National Pedal Poll is running next week on June 7 to 11. We still need more volunteers to take a two-hour shift – we have fewer people volunteering than last year. It is important that we have a consistent level of data collection from year to year.
Your two-hour shift will be at one of the predefined locations in one of the three cities and you can signup for a weekday or a weekend slot. Do not fear bad weather – we don’t want the count to take place in that case as the numbers might be depressed versus a good weather day, so your shift can be postponed to another day.
Counting is simple – you use a provided app on your phone and tap a few buttons for each person that passes on a bicycle in either direction.
Signing up happens in two necessary steps:
- Volunteer at https://www.velocanadabikes.org/pedalpoll/getinvolved/volunteer/
- Select a shift at https://signup.com/go/gXkMxvM
Detailed instructions and support will be available.
You are welcome to do more than one shift!
For the second year, we will be conducting a Pedal Poll in conjunction with Velo Bikes Canada. Last year we counted over 2,000 people at 7 locations in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo (the national organization got a little confused about the cities in Waterloo Region, corrected for this year.)
We obtained the data summarized below. Data like this will inform our efforts to establish better infrastructure and to remove barriers. It is great to see who is cycling but even more important, who is not cycling. Many other communities across Canada participate so comparisons are possible among communities and trends year over year.