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300 Volunteers Needed to Help with 3rd Annual Bike Count

Published: October 1, 2010

For the third year in a row, CSULB is teaming up with the City of Long Beach to coordinate volunteers and conduct the city’s annual Bike Count, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 17.

The city and CSULB are looking for 300 volunteers to help conduct bike and pedestrian counts at more than 35 locations throughout Long Beach. Multiple volunteer time slots and count locations are available, and high school students (seniors only) are welcome to participate with parent permission. Volunteers will receive a $10 dollar “thank you” gift card for a local bike shop.

The third annual Bicycle Count will help give the city a better understanding of locations of bike and pedestrian activity as well as which areas and infrastructure are used the most. Ultimately, the Bike Count will help the city determine where bike and pedestrian improvements need to be made.

Those interested in helping out must attend one of two, 30-minute volunteer training sessions either on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. in the Pyramid Annex Building at CSULB, or on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the ninth-floor Conference Room at Long Beach City Hall (333 W. Ocean Blvd.) at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.

The actual counting of bikes and pedestrians will take place from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, and noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17. Volunteers will take a two-hour shift at one of the numerous locations throughout the city. Then, they are asked to drop off their completed count forms at one of several locations, where they will receive their $10 dollar gift card.

Interested volunteers can register online at www.csulb.edu/rideshare (click on “Bike Count”) by Monday, Oct. 11, or they can contact Courtney Aguirre, the city’s transportation programs planner, at 562/570-6667.

For more information the Bike Count, visit the website at www.bikelongbeach.org.