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Bike Count: Count Yourself In



In Brackendale, the count eagles, in Victoria, they count blossoms…

In Port, we’re counting bicycles! In our ongoing efforts to promote cycling, pedestrian and public transportation, the following event is taking place, per Sarah Thomas:



We are recruiting volunteers for the first annual Port Alberni Bike Counts. The counts will take place throughout the city at key intersections on Saturday, April 2, 2016, and on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

By volunteering for the count, you will be helping to gather data on current bicycle use to which will support the development of more cycling infrastructure within the region. 

We hope you will participate as a volunteer by completing the volunteer sign up form at also welcome you to recruit amongst your friends and other people you know who would be good at this.  Please feel free to forward this email on to them. 

What’s involved?

The bike counts involve standing (or sitting) at one particular location and counting the number of bikes and pedestrians that go through the intersection or pass you on the street. The count will take place from 6-9am and 3-6pm with some variation in specific locations. Shifts will be 2 to 3 hours in addition to a 1-hour training session on March 30th where you will receive event materials, counting sheets, etc.

Thank you for your willingness to participate as a volunteer and your help to recruit others!  

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Thomas at 778-679-2303 or email

 Please complete the online application form at if you are available to help with the counts. 


Cycling Meet-up


Cycle Alberni’s ‘Pulse on Cycling 2016’ event held February 17, 2016 saw 50 people out to discuss cycling opportunities and bike lane layouts for the city of Port Alberni. Residents mapped their current route choice and identified areas of concern on city street maps. Cyclist and Driver education, River Road, and Argyle street were identified as priorities.
There was significant excitement about the prospect of getting bike lanes in the city. A basic grid of lanes is being proposed by city staff. Cycling advocates believe that a grid of lanes would go a long way to increase the profile of cycling as a means of transportation and provide opportunity to link cycle routes to the trail network through maps and signage.
Cycling is a central pillar in revising our transportation network and figures heavily, along with pedestrianism, vehicle sharing, public transit and delivery options in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and increasing our ability to furnish our own needs in a more resilient community. The work being done be Cycle Alberni is vital in getting the infrastructure in place to promote cleaner and healthier modes of transportation, but also in demonstrating the possibilities at our disposal and helping to shift attitudes towards how we get around.