2016 WMBC Trail Survey Summary
Over the course of a 12 week period between May and August 2016, the WMBC conducted a survey to learn more about trail users recreating on Galbraith Mountain and elsewhere in Whatcom County.
This survey was done entirely online utilizing surveymonkey web-based software. The survey was sent out to the WMBC’s email list and promoted on the WMBC web site, Facebook, Instagram and mtbr.com. Additionally, it was sent out to the Bellingham trail running community and promoted to BC riders via the North Shore Mountain Bike Association. In total, 1,026 people completed the survey with 255 of those respondents residing outside of Whatcom County.
After a respondent completed the online survey, a cookie was dropped on their computer to ensure they couldn’t fill it out the survey more than once. If a respondent tried to access the online survey again, they were redirected to the WMBC’s website (www.wmbcmtb.org).
Respondents were asked about their use of Galbraith Mountain trails, frequency of use, transportation and access points, preferred riding styles, gender, age, duration of visit, family income, mt. biking experience and area of residence.
Tourists: For any non-Whatcom County residents, we asked about their use of local businesses during their visits to Galbraith Mountain and nearby trails.
Locals: For residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County, we asked them about the importance of access to trails and how they affect the quality of their lives. While we did add a couple of new questions, this year’s survey was very similar in content to our 2010 and 2014 Trail Surveys.