Activate Allen County: Volunteers needed to count pedestrians, cyclists

By Activate Allen County

Volunteers are needed to help count the number of people who ride bicycles or walk during a semi-annual survey throughout Allen County. The project begins on Monday, Sept. 11 and continues until Sunday, Sept. 17 throughout the region.

Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project. Earlier this year, volunteers conducted counts for our spring count period, and now it is time to collect the data for fall 2017. Volunteer information and registration link is now open at, and many locations still have shifts that have not been filled.

For the fifth year, the Allen County Bike & Pedestrian Task Force, Allen County Public Health, Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission and Activate Allen County are enlisting volunteers and organizations, such as The Lima Family YMCA, the City of Lima, Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks, Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Ohio State University-Lima, Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission and Bluffton Pathways Board to help with this important priority.

Counts will be taken throughout the state of Ohio, including Allen County, and across the United States as this information collected is vital. The data collected helps the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission, engineers and planners improve active transportation policies, projects and funding in Allen County.

Counting is simple and can be done while seated in a comfortable chair while enjoying nature. All materials are provided, and a simple training is provided to all volunteers to ensure accurate counts.

Please join us and get involved by signing up today. Those with questions or who are interested in helping can learn more online at, by emailing or by calling 419-221-5035.

By Activate Allen County

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