City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2022 National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project

September 13th - 17th, 2022
Various Locations Throughout DM

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 a 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 2022!
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 2023 Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride 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 13,14 and 17th, 2022.

Why is this project important?
It gives us data and feedback to help us identify and prioritize bicycle/pedestrian facilities and apply for trail grants.

For additional project-specific information, please contact Derek Hansen, Park Planner at
For volunteering-related questions, please contact us at or (515)494-8552.

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.

There are no shifts available at this time.

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