City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2021 National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project

September 14th - 18th, 2021
1551 E M.L.K. Jr Pkwy

Love trails? Here’s how you can help! This is a great volunteer gig to do with a family member or friend safely outdoors AND supports our trails (something that has been very important to DSM during the pandemic)!

What is the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project?
Des Moines is a great place to bike, walk, and run. With the help of hundreds of volunteers annually stationed at locations throughout the City, we participate in a nationwide bicyclist and pedestrian counting effort. The project uses standardized methodology which helps us estimate trail users. All you have to do is count people on a clipboard in 15-minute intervals and return your counts after.

Join Us in 2021!
We need volunteers to help make this a success and “adopt” a location! Volunteers are rewarded with $10 Bike Ped Bucks if they volunteer for one shift or a free Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride and Run registration for volunteering for two or more shifts. (*Bike Ped Bucks are redeemable one time towards any admission, activity registration, facility or equipment rental or membership) Most locations will work best with two volunteers (one counting and one distributing survey cards), so we encourage you to sign up with family or a friend for even more fun! All supplies and a brief training are provided.

When is it?
Shifts are available on September 14,15 and 18th, 2021.

Why is this project important?
It helps us identify and prioritize bicycle and pedestrian facility construction, gather feedback, and gives us data to use in trail grant applications. This should have been our 10th year counting but due to COVID-19, we had to cancel last year. So gathering data is more important than ever.

For additional project-specific information, please contact Derek Hansen, Park Planner at dwhansen@dmgov.org.
For volunteering-related questions, please contact us at parksvolunteer@dmgov.org or (515)248-6373.

In order to comply with emergency proclamations by the Governor or Mayor, as such may be amended from time to time, and as public health guidelines evolve, for the safety of staff and the public, the Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel at any time. In addition, the Department reserves the right to change the registration requirements at any time. The Department will contact the volunteers as soon as reasonably possible with such cancellation or changes.

The City of Des Moines cannot guarantee that the volunteer or any of the event attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. Volunteers and attendees use the City’s facility at their own risk.

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In consideration of my, or my minor child, being permitted to participate in any way in the above named Volunteer Program, I, the Undersigned, for myself and my minor child, all of my or my minor child's, personal representatives, executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors and assigns, herein referred to as "Releasors", do hereby:

1. Acknowledge that this volunteer service carries with it the potential for serious injury, death, and/or property damage, and certify as to my physical fitness and that of my minor child to participate and declare that neither I nor my minor child, have been advised otherwise by a qualified medical professional.

2. Acknowledge, agree, and represent that I and my minor child will, at all times, be aware of the surroundings during the volunteer service and agree that if I or my minor child consider anything related to this Activity to be unsafe, will immediately advise the Activity officials of such, and if necessary, will leave the area or refuse to participate further in the volunteer service.

3. Waive, release and discharge, and covenant not to sue, the City of Des Moines, Iowa, its elected and appointed officials, employees, volunteers, sponsors, and agents, including others who give recommendations, directions, or instructions as part of this volunteer service, hereinafter referred to as "City", from any and all liability to Releasors, except for my minor child, for any and all loss or damage, and any claim or demands therefor, on account of injury to the person, including illness or complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, or property or resulting in my death or that of my minor child arising out of or related to the volunteer service, including traveling to or from the volunteer

4. Agree to Indemnify and Save and Hold Harmless the City and each of them from any loss, liability, damage, or cost that they may incur arising out of or related to my or my minor child's participation in this volunteer service.

5. Assume full responsibility for any risk of bodily injury, including illness or complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, death or property damage arising out of or related to the volunteer service. I agree to comply with all applicable safety rules, including wearing protective clothing, close-toed shoes/boots, safety goggles, gloves, and vest while performing my volunteer activities.

6. Agree that this Release and Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement and Photo Release extends to all acts of negligence by the City, not including gross negligence and willful misconduct, and is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law including any governmental immunity afforded the City by law and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

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