Trail count volunteers needed in September

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Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, the city of Vancouver Long Range Planning and Community Choices are seeking 30 volunteers to help count local trail users this September as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

The fourth annual trail count will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and Sept. 15; and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.

Information gathered during the counts will be used to track trends in usage, opportunities for infrastructure improvements, and effectiveness of outreach and education about trails, the city said in a news bulletin. Volunteers are needed to help administer the counting of trail users at 30 trail, bikeway and sidewalk locations throughout Clark County.

Trail User Counting will take place at numerous trails, parks and sidewalks in city limits and throughout the county.

About 100 cities around the country will participate in the counting effort this year. Locally, the count is being managed by Metro, with Vancouver, Clackamas County, Ore., and several Oregon cities — Gresham, Hillsboro, Tigard, Portland, Lake Oswego, Tualatin — taking part.

To help, you can volunteer for one or more two-hour shifts at trails in your area.

Training sessions for volunteers will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 or Sept. 8 at the Marshall Community Center. Pre-registration is required.

Or, be sure to ride, run or walk your favorite trails and be counted in this year’s project.

To volunteer, pre-register with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator Staj Pace at 360-487-8324, email cityparks.volunteercoordinator@cityofvancouver.us or visit www.trailcounts2011.eventbrite.com.