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Get involved with an ongoing project to collect important data on bicycle and pedestrian activity.
Dive into data on trail counts to learn about who is using trails in the region and which trails are the busiest. Read more
Ready, set, count!
Each September, volunteers from throughout the region gather along trails to count and survey people biking and walking on the Intertwine – the Portland metropolitan area's system of trails, parks and natural areas. The count is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project’s ongoing effort to gather accurate trail use data to help decide where and when to build new trails and respond to the needs of trail users. Learn more
View trail count sites in Google Maps
View trail count sites in Google Earth
Partners and volunteers are critical to the project's success
The Intertwine trail counts and surveys project could not be accomplished without the help of local partners and volunteers. In 2012, 150 volunteers counted at 102 unique sites. Metro partnered with the cities of Cornelius, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego. Oregon City, Portland, Sandy, Tigard, Tualatin and West Linn and with Clackamas and Clark Counties, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks and Recreation and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District on project coordination and training.
The Portland metropolitan area is supported by a system of regional parks and trails that connect people to natural areas and wildlife, transit, schools, shopping and jobs. The growing network of bicycle and pedestrian pathways boosts the region's tourism activities, offers recreational opportunities and helps the region grow in a way that improves livability and reduces energy dependence. The Intertwine trail counts and surveys project helps maintain and increase these benefits by tracking usage, trail conditions and future demand.
Counting automobiles and transit users has been a well-established practice for years, but until now, there has been no consistent effort to do the same for bikers and walkers. The lack of data is part of the reason why these transportation modes receive less transportation funding.
The data gathered is used to support funding requests, planning and development and to better understand the region's overall feelings and values about trails. Volunteers use nationally standardized methods for surveying and data recording in order to ensure consistent responses. To learn more about the project and last year's results, review the project documents below.
By the numbers
In September 2013, more than 25,000 trail users were counted in two days.
- Total counts: 25,959
- Pedestrians: 12,054
- Bicyclists: 13,580
- Other : 325*
- Females: 10,441
- Males: 15,520
*Includes all other modes such as rollerblading and skateboarding.
In 2013, Metro and its partners recruited 144 volunteers at 94 sites.
Metro will lead the seventh annual Intertwine trail count in September 2014 with new and returning partners. Sites selected for the project will be tied to current or future trail projects.
Photos and data from the 2013 trail counts coming in early 2014. View a presentation with photos and data from the 2011 trail counts. Download the presentation
Mel Huie, 503-797-1731, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beaverton and Tualatin Hills Parks
Melissa Marcum, 503-629-605 ext. 2720, email@example.com
Clackamas County and North Clackamas Parks
Katie Dunham, 503-742-4358, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Reynolds, 503-357-3011, email@example.com
Tom Gamble, 503-992-3237, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Dreyfus, 503-618-2294, email@example.com
Justin Popilek, 503-783-3810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Choi, 503-681-5203, email@example.com
Ryan Stee, 503-697-6575, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon State Parks
Guy Rodrigue, 503-630-7150, email@example.com
Steve Kruger, 503-324-0606, ext 223, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Mullen, 503-636-9886, ext 223, email@example.com
Oregon Department of Transportation
Jessica Horning, 503-731-3359, firstname.lastname@example.org
April Bertelsen, 503-823-6177, email@example.com
Taylor Sutton, 503-823-4533, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Enabnit, 503-489-2157, email@example.com
Greg Stout, 503-718-2817, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike McCarthy, 503-718-2462, email@example.com
Carl Switzer, 504-691-3064, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver / Clark Co. Parks
Hailey Heath, 360-487-8316, email@example.com
Zach Pelz, 503-656-4211, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilsonville / South Metro Area Transit
Ricardo Banuelos, 503-682-0502, email@example.com
Jen Massa Smith, 503-682-4523, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trail count documents
Trail Counts flyer
786K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published August 5, 2013
2011 trail count summary
1.6M Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published January 3, 2012
Trail count form example
669K MS Word | Published August 30, 2010
Volunteer training presentation
1.5M Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published August 30, 2010
Intertwine NBPDP survey form - English
140K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published July 19, 2011
Intertwine NBPDP survey form - Spanish
143K Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published July 19, 2011
Intertwine trail use snapshot: 2008-2010
17.6M Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published September 1, 2011
Trail counts and survey data tables
4.5M MS Excel | Published February 22, 2013
Trail count sites in Google Earth
16K KMZ archive | Published March 19, 2013
Intertwine trail use snapshot: 2008 to 2012
19.2M Adobe Acrobat PDF | Published August 20, 2013