Annual Bike Counts
Each September, Salt Lake City takes part in the National Bicycle/Pedestrian Documentation Project by conducting our own bike count. Data from the count shows whether bicycling is increasing or decreasing in the City, aids the Transportation Division in selecting locations for new bikeways, and helps the City evaluate bikeways once they are constructed. Volunteers take responsibility for counting bicyclists passing through an intersection. Shifts last one or two hours. Volunteers must be adults. Youth may participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Joining this project is a fun way to see the multitude and variety of people bicycling in Salt Lake City, while also contributing the facts that support bikeway expansion. If you are interested in this fun project, please email email@example.com or contact us.
Bike Count Coordinator
Each year the bike count is coordinated by a "super-volunteer" or intern, whose role is to recruit, train, and schedule the 60-80 volunteers participating in the week long September count. This position is a three-month project, from early August through late October. After the count itself, you'll compile the bike count data, produce a report comparing the results to past year's data, and host a thank you party for our volunteers. If you are interested in serving as our Count Coordinator, applications are typically accepted in June / July of each year, with selection by the end of July. Count Coordinator job description and application process.
The Bicycle/Pedestrian Program welcomes undergraduate and graduate student interns on a voluntary (unpaid) basis. Internships may be completed for credit as allowed by your school. At this time, we do not have internships available for high school students. Internships fit best with students in urban planning / design, engineering, environmental studies, parks/recreation, public health, political science / public policy, or public administration. Knowledge and ability in public outreach, urban planning, design, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are desirable, along with excellent written / oral communication and computer skills. Regular use of bicycling and walking for transportation is a considerable plus.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in an internship with the Bicycle/Pedestrian Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, resume, and three references. A background check and drug screen are required for all successful applicants.
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