/ Modified oct 11, 2021 1:50 p.m.

Pima Association of Governments starts month-long pedestrian and bicycle count

Local governments will use the numbers collected to make decisions about transportation projects and public health outreach.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Pima Association of Governments Senior Transportation Planner David Mitchell counts pedestrians and bicycles at the corner of Grant Road and 6th Ave on Monday, October 11th, 2021, as part of an annual data collection effort.

The Pima Association of Governments began its annual bicycle and pedestrian count Monday. Local governments use the data collected by employees and volunteers to make decisions about where to put new sidewalks and bike paths.

Pima Association of Governments Senior Transportation Planner David Mitchell started his count Monday morning at 7 AM.

"We're here at Grant Road at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Fontana. It's a bike boulevard. In fact, we have cyclists using it now," Mitchell said at his post.

Mitchell said the data doesn’t just help with transportation planning. The PAG also uses it to narrow in on where to conduct public health outreach.

He said his team was surprised to find out in past years that more riders tend to wear helmets on bicycle paths like The Loop than near traffic in central Tucson or on the UA campus.

Anyone interested can check out the data or sign up for a two-hour counting shift at pagregion.com.

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