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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.  We are now on schedule to count in May during even years and in September during odd years to mantain current information for both Spring and Fall.

Join Us in 2017!
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 2018 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!

The bicycle and pedestrian counts and survey will be held on September 12, 13, and 16, 2017.

For more project-specific information, please contact Colby Fangman, Park Planner at (515) 248-6357 or cjfangman@dmgov.org.  For volunteering related questions, please contact Callie Le’au Courtright at (515) 248-6380 or parksvolunteer@dmgov.org.