Beginning September 13, Portage County is joining communities from across the United States in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. NBPD data collected will be contributed to a nationwide database on bicycle and pedestrian trends.
NBPD launched in 2002 in response to a lack of tracking and data collection regarding bicycle and pedestrian usage and demand. It is co-sponsored by Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The Portage County Planning and Zoning Department will be lead agency for Portage County’s activities.
Participating communities utilize available records to identify intersections with a higher occurrence of reported pedestrian and bicycle traffic incidents. During established count weeks, trained teams of volunteers are stationed at such intersections during periods of high traffic, recording bicycle and pedestrian activity.
The first count day in Portage County is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. The number of shifts and possible additional dates will be determined by volunteer availability and project best practices.
The NBPD data collected in Portage County will be contributed to a larger, nationwide database on bicycle and pedestrian trends. This data will also be used as a resource in an upcoming County-wide long-range bicycle/pedestrian planning project, funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The Portage County Planning and Zoning Department, in conjunction with Alta Planning and Design, is providing free training for individuals interested in volunteering for the NBPD initiative.
The training workshop will occur on Thursday, September 8 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 5 of the Portage County Annex building, 1462 Strongs Ave. in Stevens Point. Interested parties can contact Amy Domaszek, NBPD project volunteer supervisor, at email@example.com., or Sarah Wallace at the Portage County Planning and Zoning Department at 715-346-1334.