City volunteers collect data along Indy trails, walkways
Data could be used to apply for grants
Last Updated: 248 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Several volunteers worked on a project Saturday to determine how many Hoosiers are using the Indianapolis Trail System.
Dozens of volunteers collected the data on behalf of city officials looking to make improvements to the system.
Jamison Hutchins spent most of Saturday standing near 10 th Street near the Monon to count every man and woman who passed by on bike or on foot.
"It’s the same reason we take traffic counts with cars on roads. We just want to see how many people are out there and how many people are out there using them,” Hutchins said.
Josh Beals frequently uses the Monon and said he had no problem becoming a statistic.
"If it kind of gives you an understanding of how many people are using (the trails), then you can use that information to see if it's worthwhile to put more money into the program,” Beals said.
Once the data is collected, officials will use it could be used to apply for grants to build more trails.
Volunteers also counted the number of people using wheelchairs.
The data will be shared with other cities as part of a national documentation project.
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