Counting Pedestrians and Bikers to Improve Safety

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- A mom raised concerns about her kids walking to school a few weeks ago, and today, for the second year, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are counting bikers and pedestrians to get a sense of how the roads could be improved for them.

The counting didn't begin until 10:30 a.m. because organizers didn't want any of the numbers to be influenced by the morning commute.

There were about 50 volunteers out on the streets Monday; everywhere from South Main Street to Port Republic Road in Rockingham County.

They were out counting until 12:30 p.m.

This was the second year counting and the count helps measure what infrastructures are being used most frequently and also see where they can make improvements.

Rhonda Cooper, the Director of Planning for Rockingham County said the numbers will help as they move forward with streetscape plans.

"We'll start to see how those improvements are impacting the increase or the decline of bicyclists and pedestrians on certain routes," said Cooper.

Another parent said there could be more sidewalks on South High Street.

Monday's count will also become part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project's national database.

Another count will happen on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m.

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