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Citizen Science

The Program in Community Engagement provides guidance and training on citizen science – an emerging methodology conducted, in whole or in part, by the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.

Citizen Science Projects

Help Study Bicycling in Winston-Salem!


Citizen Science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists.

The study aims to answer the following questions:

  • How many people are cycling at key locations in Winston-Salem? 
  • How diverse are bicycle riders with respect to age, gender, race, and ethnicity?

Be a Citizen Scientist. Participate in the scientific process. We are looking for people willing to monitor use of green-ways and streets for 2 hour blocks of time, counting the number and characteristics of riders, walkers, or runners, and share that information via a webpage accessible by smartphone or computer. We will train you in this process and the fundamentals of human subjects research protection.

Contact Phillip Summers at 336-716-0836, phsummer@wakehealth.edu for questions. 

Tools: Observation locations, blank forms, and data entry

Data Analytics: Data dictionaryraw data, and sneak preview maps

Dissemination: Poster and Presentation

Recommended Observation Times

Location                          Week days                                Weekends                             
Brushy Fork Greenway 10 am -1 pm; 4 - 8 pm All day
4th Street All day All day
Salem Lake Trail 12 pm - 2 pm; 4 pm - 8 pm All day
West End Boulevard 9 am - 1pm; 4 pm - 8 pm All day
Strollway 10 am - 1 pm; 4 pm - 8 pm 8 am - 11 am; 3 pm - 8 pm