Each September, volunteers from throughout the region gather along local trails to count and survey people biking and walking along the Portland area’s trails, parks and natural areas. Trail count information data is used to help decide where and when to build new trails and to respond to the needs of trail users.

Forty volunteers are needed to help with the trail counts, happening from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 through 15 on weekdays and from 9 to 11 a.m. on weekends. Volunteers will be trained and receive maps or aerial photos and specific instructions on how to do the two-hour counts.

RSVP for one of the volunteer training sessions to Damon Walker, 503-742-4352, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sessions are scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Clackamas County DSB building, room 118, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

In an effort to improve conditions for walkers, joggers, bikers and wheelchair users in our area, the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, Clackamas County Parks and the city of Milwaukie, along with 11 other local partners, are taking part in the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project, a national weeklong effort to count and survey trail and bike-lane users. 

“One of the greatest challenges facing the bicycle and pedestrian arena is the lack of documentation on usage and demand,” Walker said. “Without accurate and consistent demand and usage figures, it is difficult to measure the positive benefits of investments in these modes of transportation.”

You can learn more about this process at

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