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National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project - VOLUNTEER NOW!
Bicyclist, Trail and Pedestrain
Project Information

The City of Des Moines, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, annually participates in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. This effort provides a standardized methodology for counting and surveying bicyclists and pedestrians. The data compiled from these counts are extrapolated through a formula that considers time of day, day of the week, and local climate in order to estimate our City’s annual user counts. 

Why is this project important?
This information is extremely valuable for identifying and prioritizing where new bicycle and pedestrian facilities should be constructed, evaluating the effectiveness of such facilities, and applying for grant funding to maintain existing facilities and build new connections.  

Join Us in 2016!
Volunteers are rewarded for their time with a choice of a free bike rental at Gray’s Lake Park for each time they volunteer or receiving a free 2017 Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride registration for volunteering for more than one spot.  Most locations will work best with two volunteers (one counting and one distributing survey cards), so we encourage you to sign up with family or a friend for even more fun!

Click the Volunteer Now! link to sign up for our up-coming count and survey days:  Tuesday, May 17, Wednesday, May 18 and Saturday, May 21.

For more project-specific information, please contact Jenny Richmond, Park Planner at (515) 248-6360 or jbrichmond@dmgov.org.  For volunteering related questions, please contact Callie Le’au Courtright at (515) 248-6380 or parksvolunteer@dmgov.org.