The City of Columbia wants volunteers to help count and analyze pedestrians and cyclists in certain areas in the city. COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of Columbia is asking the public for help tracking pedestrian and bike data on roads.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s most recent data says in 2021 one pedestrian was killed in an accident every 1.9 days in the state.
Scott Nuelken is an advocate for cyclist rights and founder of the Cola Town Bike Collective . He has been riding in the Columbia area for about fifteen years.
“Riding in Columbia is really dangerous for anybody who’s not familiar with riding and sharing the road with cars,” Nuelken said. “And we have a lot of student drivers here so they’re not paying attention as much for cyclists. So you know, we’re not only sharing the road with cars, we’re sharing the road with cars driven by people who maybe only been driving for three years.”
The City of Columbia is currently looking for volunteers to help count pedestrians and bicycles in areas in the city.
They do it bi-annually to collect data on how and how much a road is used. They don’t use sensors like other cities because they want more than numbers, according to city planner Leigh DeForth.
“How many folks we are seeing on the street, where there might be infrastructure issues that could keep them from crossing well or prevent a more safe situation for our most vulnerable road user,” DeForth said.Volunteers sit […]