As Indianapolis continues to add more bike lanes and trails, it is important to tell the story of how these additions have caused increased usage. The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Health by Design and INDYCOG will be coordinating to collect these valuable counts on our bikeways. This will help us begin to quantify what most of have been seeing on our streets - more people riding bikes.
Much work has already been done to develop a data collection process that can be used as a standard across the country. This common process allows multiple cities to understand how they compare. The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project has put together a very helpful toolkit to help with this collection process.
We will be conducting counts in different locations around Indianapolis on Tuesday, September 11th (rain day on the 12th) from 5:00pm-7:00pm and on Saturday, September 15th from 12:00pm-2pm to better understand weekend usage. There will be a short training session an hour before the collection times to insure that everyone is familiar with the methods and materials we will be using. We would like to have at least 40 volunteers on each day. The number of locations will be determined by the number of volunteers - the more volunteers, the more effective the bicycle count will be.
If you are interested in volunteering , please contact Jamison Hutchins, a Planner in the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability. Email Jamison.Hutchins@indy.gov or call 317-327-5230. Jamison can sign you up and pass along more details.
Bicycle Garage Indy is providing a special perk for volunteers: Bicycle Count volunteers will receive a discount coupon for 25% off one (1) clothing or accessory item at Bicycle Garage Indy. Details will be provided at the bicycle count training session.