More exciting than watching grass grow: City needs bike counters


The city of St. Paul is seeking volunteers for a job that Sesame Street's The Count would love: "One bicycle. Two bicycles! THREE bicycles! Ah ah ah."

Looking to better understand its traffic patterns, the city is recruiting people to help count bikes and pedestrians at key places around St. Paul from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 9, the city says. A rain date of Sept. 11 has been set.

City officials say the data will help guide their decisions about investments in infrastructure projects, and they hope to learn more about what effects previous investments have had.

City officials are looking to gather data over time; a similar count was done at 30 spots last year. You can access the data from the 2013 count here.

Of the locations surveyed in the two-hour analysis last year, the top bicycling spots were:

1. Marshall Avenue Bridge (330)
2. Summit Avenue east of Fairview Avenue S (268)
3. U of M Transitway west of Energy Park Drive (225)
4. Ford Parkway Bridge (211)
5. Summit Ave east of Dale Street North (168)

The top pedestrian spots:

1. Lexington Parkway South south of East Como Lake Drive (296)
2. Summit Avenue east of Fairview Avenue S (214)
3. Smith Avenue west of Kellogg Boulevard W (210)
4. Summit Avenue east of Western (158)
5. Mississippi River Boulevard south of Jefferson (154)

Click here to check out a volunteer training presentation and a list of things to bring. To volunteer, email organizer Luke Hanson at

Next Up

Sergio Romo

Twins decline 2021 option on Sergio Romo

The Twins begin a potential overhaul in the bullpen.

high school football

'Scalpel approach' gives MN schools chance to keep playing sports

County infection rates are no longer the only thing that matters.


With the help of HVAC, Circus Juventas will host its first holiday shows

After months of canceled classes and shows, Circus Juventas is hosting its first ever holiday show, with safety precautions.

Cameron Dantzler

Vikings send Cameron Dantzler to COVID-19/reserve list

Dantzler's placement leaves the Vikings paper-thin at cornerback heading into Green Bay.

peterson fischbach

Elections 2020 preview: 7th Congressional District

Will Collin Peterson hang on for yet another term?

Zimmer and Hunter

Zimmer explains why he called Hunter's neck injury a 'tweak'

The coach also said Dalvin Cook should return from injury this week.


60 charged in magazine scam that netted $300M

It's being called the largest elder fraud scheme in the country.

Screen Shot 2020-10-28 at 10.30.23 AM

The Star Tribune is shutting down City Pages

The free newspaper was bought by the Star Tribune in 2015.

billy's on grand

Coronavirus: Billy's on Grand will close for winter

The restaurant is among a growing list of eateries to close for the winter months.