Help us put some numbers to the riders! The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is conducting its bi-annual Bike and Ped Count on Tuesday 9/10 and Saturday 9/14 and we want to piggy-back on that effort because LACBC has only one station in Beverly Hills as indicated on the map at right. So we want to conduct the first-ever Beverly Hills bike count. Today we don’t know where are the heavily traveled routes or which intersections should be targeted for improvements like racks and signage. Just a few hours of your time will help us find out and finally put some benchmark figures to the question, How prevalent is bicycle riding in Beverly Hills?
TL;DR Why it’s important: LACBC gives updated counts for Los Angeles but without figures for Beverly Hills we won’t be able to show policymakers that we do ride and do need safe streets. Give us two hours of your time to nail down a benchmark.
City of Beverly Hills should have conducted a bike count in conjunction with Pilot program improvements but of course it didn’t. In fact, the entire Pilot planning process proceeded without traffic or safety data.
So we’ll have to do it on our own time and our own dime. And we need help. Here’s what’s involved. You’ll stand at a designated intersection with a clipboard and simply count riders and pedestrians as they cross an imaginary line. You need not approach anybody (it’s not about fundraising) but only plop down in your chair or stand and watch. At the close of your designated 2-hour window, you total the results, get them to us and we’ll tally them citywide and share the data with the LACBC.
Can you help? Are you an earlier riser or spandex guy without a Tuesday morning ride? Please sign up. Do you work in Beverly Hills and have a couple of hours beforehand? Sign up. Do you teach school or attend school in Beverly Hills? After school, take a corner on Tuesday afternoon. Can you fit a couple of hours after your Saturday ride but before your midday coffee? Help us out.
These are the intersections we need to cover. Please suggest your preference for an intersection and volunteer for a 2-hour commitment for one or more of the count times and drop us a line:
- Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, September 10, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We’ve done it three times running for the 2011 City of LA and Glendale counts but we can’t be everywhere at once for this one. Two hours (or more) of your time at one or more of these locations will nail down the state of cycling in Beverly Hills today.
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know when you can count and where you’d like to be stationed. We’ll appreciate the help!