Those of you who walk, run, skate or bike on city of San Jose trails might have noticed volunteers with clipboards at nine locations throughout San Jose counting you on this annual trail count day.
The city of San Jose has counted trail users ever year since 2007, with a steady increase in use year over year. City parks staff uses the trail counts and survey information to prioritize trail projects. Survey and user counts also are used for grant applications.
Last year, volunteers counted trail users at eight count stations along the Guadalupe River (3 stations), Los Gatos Creek (2 stations), Los Alamitos Creek, Three Creeks, and future Five Wounds Trail alignment.
In 2013, the River Oaks station on the Guadalupe River Trail was the busiest, with 1,127 people counted in seven hours. This trailhead provides convenient access to VTA Light Rail and connects to large employers in North San Jose and North Santa Clara. Volunteers this morning at River Oaks tell me they were averaging two people every minute.
San Jose Trails invite your feedback via the 2014 Trail Survey, which takes about two minutes to complete. The survey is available until September 28.
To see trail count reports over the past seven years, visit the San Jose Trail Report website.