Volunteers sought to count bicycles, pedestrians in Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City

The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Lawrence are seeking volunteers to manually count bicycles and pedestrians in the area in September, according to a city news release on Tuesday.

Volunteers will be asked to work two-hour shifts counting bicycles and pedestrians across Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City. Volunteers will be trained in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project method and will be required to watch a four-minute training video.

Collected data will “assist city and regional leaders in estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities,” the news release said, and help track regional progress on “increasing the use of nonmotorized transportation” and “strengthen grant applications to leverage additional federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.”

Volunteers may choose one or more of the following shifts: noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to noon or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to noon or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 12.

In case of rain, volunteer shifts will be rescheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 19.

To sign up for a shift, visit www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/volunteer. For more information, contact transportation planner Jessica Mortinger at 832-3165 or jmortinger@lawrenceks.org