April 10, 2018
Bainbridge Mobility Alliance
Survey: Walking and Biking on Bainbridge Island
“Islanders Want Safer Options for Walking and Biking”
Last month, nearly 1,600 people completed a citizen-initiated survey about a range of issues related to walking and biking on Bainbridge Island. Thanks to all of the people who took time to fill it out.
The survey was designed and implemented by volunteers associated with the Bainbridge Mobility Alliance (BMA). The goals of the survey were to better understand island residents’ behaviors and attitudes towards walking and bicycling around the island, identify barriers and priorities for infrastructure improvements, and gauge the willingness of island residents to support a funding measure to enable construction of enhanced facilities for walking and biking. Below are the high-level findings from the survey.
Members of the Bainbridge Mobility Alliance were very gratified by the level of participation in the survey. “This survey was a way to bring everyone’s voice to the table to work together to make Bainbridge Island a better place,” said Susan Loftus, one of the leaders of BMA. “We’re especially pleased with the participation from people who don’t bike much now, parents of school-aged kids and people of all ages,” added Loftus. “We believe the survey will provide valuable information for a range of interested organizations, and we look forward to sharing the results widely.”
Primary Survey Results
Primary results from the survey include the following:
Support for Funding Measure
The survey asked respondents how likely they would be to support a funding measure to significantly shorten the time required to construct a connected network of facilities for walking and biking on the island. The funding measure was described as a tax increase having an average cost of about $19 per household per month. Support for such a funding measure among survey respondents was quite high.
The participation in the survey was robust, and survey respondents reflect a representative subset of the overall island population.
Survey Delivery and Promotion
The survey was conducted online and was promoted broadly to Bainbridge Island residents.
About Bainbridge Mobility Alliance
Bainbridge Mobility Alliance is a citizen coalition composed of representatives from organizations such Sustainable Bainbridge, Squeaky Wheels, Climate Action Bainbridge, the City’s Multi-modal Transportation Advisory Committee (MTAC), BI Parks Foundation, and interested individuals. The mission of BMA is to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and biking on Bainbridge Island. The survey was created by a working group of BMA with input from a wide variety of stakeholders and volunteers with expertise in survey development.