San Jose has released their 13th annual Trail Count, a report which helps them study trail use in the area and determine how they are meeting the needs of their trail users.
According to their website, the trail count helps to San Jose to gather data which supports:
1) information on the Trail Closure Process to limit the number and duration of closings
2) compelling data for competitive grant writing
3) trails meet the needs of recreational and active transportation users.
The trail count studied areas including issues that discourage trail use, areas for improvement, increases and decreases in use of each trail, demographic data of trail users, and more.
Specific skills used in management of trails and greenways: facility management; urban trail and bike/ped management; visitor management.
The story behind the development of LA Counties world-class trails mobile app and website covering 600+ parks, over 550 linear miles of trails, hundreds of points of interest.
Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.