DELPHOS — Gathering data on the number of pedestrians and bicyclists in the City of Delphos is crucial to obtaining funds to provide safe travels for local residents. The Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force and the Delphos Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Coalition needs help in gathering this information. The spring “count” is coming up and volunteers are needed.

Starting on Monday, volunteers are needed to help count the number of people who ride bicycles or walk during a semi-annual survey throughout Allen County. Delphos locations were added last year. The purpose of this project is to estimate existing and future bicycle and pedestrian demand and activity. Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project.

“These counts really are helpful if we want to get funding of any kind to make any kind of improvements to our community [i.e., roads and sidewalks],” said Delphos Safety Service Director Shane Coleman, stressing the importance of the counts.

For the sixth year, the Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force, Allen County Public Health, Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission (LACRPC) and Activate Allen County are enlisting volunteers and organizations to help count the number of people bicycling and walking throughout Allen County next week.

Counts will be taken throughout the State of Ohio and across the United States in a nationwide effort to provide a consistent model of data collection and ongoing data for use by government and community planners. The data collected helps the LACRPC improve bicycling and walking policies, projects and funding in Allen County. Data from previous counts has been beneficial in receiving funding for recent bike-pedestrian improvements throughout the county.

Get involved! Registration information can be found at https://goo.gl/hUATgu or you can email smiller@allenhealthdept.org or call Shelly Miller at Allen County Public Health at 419-228-4457.