This year Pima Association of Governments’ Ann Chanecka, organizer of the fourth annual bike count, is hoping to perform counts at 130 locations over the course of two weeks.
“This year we decided to do two weeks of collection to provide a little more flexibility for our volunteers,” Chanecka said. “Plus if we end up getting some bad weather it will allow of some flexibility to change collection dates.”
The additional count locations are include various points along newly completed sections of the Loop and residential bike routes that are slated to become bicycle boulevards in the future.
Like last year there will be various counts on the weekend at popular locations for recreational cyclists.
Chanecka said the priority is to ensure that each of the 50 locations that have been counted all four years are covered, then they will begin filling in other locations with the volunteers.
The volunteers will count during the peak travel hours of 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
To participate in the count, volunteers must attend a short information session. The sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. Both sessions will be located at the Himmel Park Library. Download the flyer for more details about volunteering.
Last year’s count showed a 23 percent increase in riders. Advocates and planners will be looking to see if the upward trend continues.