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

The City of Des Moines is proud to participate in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project each season to help assess trail use in our community. The project 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?
Trail use data helps us identify and prioritize where new bicycle and pedestrian facilities should be constructed, evaluate the effectiveness of such facilities, and apply for grant funding to maintain existing facilities and build new connections.  We are now on schedule to count in May during even years and in September during odd years to maintain current information for both Spring and Fall.

Join Us in 2018!
Love trails? Sign up to volunteer! As a thank you, volunteers can choose between $10.00 in Bike Ped Bucks when you volunteer for a single shift or a free 2019 Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride registration when you register to volunteer for multiple shifts. Sites are more easily surveyed with two volunteers present (one counting and one distributing survey cards), so we encourage you to sign up with friends or family for even more fun!

The bicycle and pedestrian counts and survey will be held May 15, 16 and 19, 2018.
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For more project-specific information, please contact Colby Fangman, Park Planner at (515) 248-6357 or  For volunteering related questions, please contact Hannah Champeau at (515) 248-6373 or