City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 092623-3
Long Beach Seeks Volunteers for 16th Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count
Sign up now to volunteer on October 19 and October 21
Joy Contreras
Community Relations Officer
Department of Public Works

Photo of volunteer holding a clipboard and observing bicyclists and pedestrians walking by.

Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to assist with the 16th Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count. Every October, volunteers and City employees work together to manually count the number of bicyclists, pedestrians and electric scooter riders across dozens of key intersections in Long Beach – and the more volunteers who sign up, the more locations the city can observe during the count.

“Understanding how our community is using public right-of-way helps guide City transportation and traffic planning,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “It is critical in supporting the safety of all commuters on city streets. I encourage folks to dedicate a few hours of their day to volunteer.”

Those interested in volunteering can sign up online now through Oct. 18, 2023. Volunteers must be available to participate in the count at one or more of the following times:

  • 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023
  • Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023

Volunteers can select their preferred location when signing up for their time slot. Volunteers will also receive bike and pedestrian count forms and instructions electronically by email. The completed count forms can be scanned and returned via email or returned by mail.

Thanks to the assistance of volunteers, the City collected data at 35 intersections in 2022 and aspires to surpass this number this year. Having started in 2008, the Long Beach Bike and Pedestrian Count holds the distinction of being one of the longest-standing counts of its kind in the country. The City attributes the yearly success of this endeavor to the help of dedicated volunteers.

The data collected during these counts provide important data for transportation planners and traffic engineers to make informed decisions about the City’s transportation network. Counts are taken before and after the construction of active transportation infrastructure projects to determine the effectiveness and popularity of specific types of bikeways. Bike count data is also used to supplement safety statistics and enable the City to engage in targeted public safety campaigns.

More information is available on the Department of Public Work’s Go Active LB webpage.

About the City of Long Beach
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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