The city’s seventh-annual survey of bike and pedestrian traffic is coming up in September, and volunteers are needed to help with the count.
The raw data collected during the street three-day census help the city’s Public Works Department calculate average daily non-motorized traffic at dozens of locations. The observations illuminate long-term trends in biking and walking in Minneapolis and help the city plan future infrastructure improvements.
It’s because of the survey, for instance, that we know Minneapolis bike traffic increased an estimated 57 percent from 2007, the year of the first count, to 2012. The surveys also have shown bike traffic is heaviest near the University of Minnesota campus.
This year’s count takes place Sept. 10–12. The most volunteers are needed during the 4 p.m.–6 p.m. evening rush hour shift, but there are two-hour shifts available 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m. each day.