Bike in Washtenaw County? WATS may want to count you
Saline may join Ann Arbor and several other communities in Washtenaw County to conduct bike traffic counts thanks to specialized counters available through the Washtenaw Area Transit Study.
Jeff Fordice, Saline’s representative to the countywide transportation technical board, said the city “doesn’t do that many traffic counts, but we could do a bike count if provided with one” (of the counters).
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Roy Townsend, the county’s highway engineer, said the Washtenaw County Road Commission completed 440 traffic counts this summer using two college students to collect the data. He said that if adding a bike count increases the amount of time it takes to collect the data, there just wasn’t the staff available to participate.
The Road Commission is under a hiring freeze and is down to about 123 employees. With 10 additional retirements expected by the end of the year, the agency’s work force number could decline to 113 people. In 1969, he said, the Road Commission had 127 employees.
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.