BEND, Ore. -

This year, the Bend Road User Safety Task Force initiated an effort to begin counting pedestrians and bicyclists using the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project methodology, and we need your help!

This is an exciting step forward in the City of Bend data collection needs.  Following a consistent, nationally recognized methodology will improve the quality and consistency of our data, and also increase the frequency with which we collect this type of data. 

The information we collect will document current levels of walking and biking, help us measure our progress towards increasing the number of people who walk and bike, and help make the case for additional investments. 

More information about the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project is available at http://www.bendmpo.org   

 We would like to recruit approximately 30 people to assist with the counts scheduled for May.  We hope you will be one of them.   This program is a quarterly effort to count the same locations 4 times per year.  More opportunities to volunteer will be available in July, September and January.

Each volunteer will be asked to:

  • ADOPT a count location for May – Help us determine where limited resources are needed most!
  • View the training materials on line
  • Conduct counts for a two-hour period on a weekday or Saturday (or both!)

Counts will take place May 7-9 and May 11, 2013.  Count periods are 3:30pm - 5:30pm on weekdays and 12:00pm - 2:00pm on Saturday.

We hope you will join us for this important effort.  To volunteer, please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050A44A5A92AA57-bend
Thank you and please feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested.

Inquiries regarding the project scope can be directed to:

Robin Lewis, City of Bend Transportation Engineer rlewis@ci.bend.or.us  (541) 330-4025

Volunteer Inquires can be directed to:  
Cheryl Howard, City of Bend Volunteer Coordinator choward@ci.bend.or.us (541) 388-5579