Portage County residents asked to share biking, walking habits via online survey

An online survey for assessing the bicycling and walking habits of Portage County residents has just been released. This survey is part of the information gathering effort of the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project.

All Portage County residents, whether they bike or walk a lot, a little, or not at all, are asked to complete the survey by May 31.

I completed the survey this morning. The questions are fairly straightforward with multiple choice selections for answers. The instructions estimate that the survey should only take about 15 minutes. From my experience, that seems about right.

The instructions state that the information gathered by the survey is confidential and is only to be used for the development of the Portage County Bike/Ped Plan.

Those filling out the survey are asked things like the purposes of their bicycle and walking trips (commuting, errands, exercise, etc.), as well as the frequency of choosing bikes and feet for each such purpose. Some questions ask you to indicate the types of biking and walking infrastructure that you typically use, as well as the sorts of infrastructure improvements you would like to see. There are also questions asking your opinions about the sorts of things that keep you from biking or walking more frequently. There is more, but this gives a pretty good idea of the sorts of things you can expect to be asked about when you take the survey.

Those creating the Portage County Bike/Ped Plan will benefit from a large number of survey responses representing a broad cross section of people from both urban and rural areas of the county. This is why all Portage County residents are asked to take a few minutes and fill it out.

The survey can be accessed from a blog post on the Portage County Bike/Ped Plan website. Click this link to access that blog post, and then click the link in that post which takes you to the survey.

After finishing the survey, you might feel that you want to give more specific information about places where biking and walking either works well or needs improvement. The Portage County Bike/Ped Plan website has an interactive map specifically for allowing you to provide such feedback. You can read a PPSP blog post about this excellent feedback tool here.

Disclosure: Bob Fisch, Chief Bike Fun Officer of Poky Pedaling Stevens Point, is a member of the Urban Steering Committee for the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project. Posts about this project appearing on the PPSP website are part of a broader PPSP effort to keep readers informed of bikey news in our area. Nothing posted on the PPSP website should be considered to be official communication from the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project. The official website for this project can be accessed at http://portagecobikepedplan.wordpress.com.

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