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The WMBC conducted a survey to target trail users recreating on Galbraith Mountain and elsewhere in Whatcom County. This survey was done entirely online utilizing surveymonkey web-based software.
Over the course of a 10 week period between January 30th and April 18th, the WMBC conducted a survey to target 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 site, Facebook, Ridegalbraith.com, and mtbr.com. Additionally, it was sent out to the Bellingham trail running community as well.
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. For any non-Whatcom County residents, we asked about their use of local businesses during their visits to Galbraith Mountain. For residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County, we asked them about the importance of trails in their overall lives.
Published April 30, 2014
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