Bicycle and pedestrian counters needed

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August 17, 2009 // UPDATED 11:33 am - August 24, 2009
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

Volunteers are needed to monitor traffic on city streets, sidewalks and bike paths as Minneapolis gears up for its third annual bicycle and pedestrian count in mid-September.

The count produces an annual snapshot of non-motorized traffic on Minneapolis streets. The Department of Public Works uses the data to evaluate the city’s existing infrastructure for bicyclists and walkers and plan future improvements.

The majority of volunteers will be sent out Tuesday, Sept. 15 to count traffic at various locations across the city. Volunteer shifts are divided into two-hour blocks.

There is a particular need for volunteers who are available 4 p.m.–6 p.m. Sept. 15. There are volunteer opportunities on other days, as well.

To sign up for a shift, contact Shaun Murphy, coordinator of the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program, by e-mail or by calling 275-5128. Volunteers also can register online on the bicycle page of the city website.