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1 Pedestrian and Bicyclist Data Shawn Turner, P.E. Texas Transportation Institute H-GAC Brown Bag Luncheon Houston, TX ~ October 24, 2011

2 Overview Why is bicycling & walking data important? What data do we need? National / international activities 2

3 Why is bicycling and walking data important? Same reasons as for other modes –Support policy decisions/changes –Plan for cost-effective investments –Design safe facilities and infrastructure –Measure performance and progress toward goals “What gets measured, gets done” “If you’re not counted, you don’t count” 3

4 Portland Examples 4 Source: Roger Geller, City of Portland

5 Portland Examples 5 Source: Roger Geller, City of Portland

6 Portland Examples 6 Source: Roger Geller, City of Portland

7 What data do we need? Maintain focus on users and uses of data! –Who needs information (based on your data)? –What decisions are they making? Avoid collecting data only because: –“that’s what our program plan lists…” –“that’s what my boss said to do…” –“that’s what others are doing…” 7

8 Bicycle and Pedestrian Data 1.Facilities (inventory) –LOS, quality of travel 2.Usage, trip & user characteristics –Counts, surveys 3.Crash & safety data 4.User preferences 5.Secondary data –Research and evaluation data 8

9 Data & Monitoring Challenges “The forgotten modes” (Tom Larson) Typically lower priority, fewer resources Typically small numbers, high variability Typically on city streets, not major highways Difficult to automatically count/measure Scale of facilities 9

10 Automated Counters

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12 Field Tests of Counters Texas A&M Campus, College Station ~2 hours, 470 people (15% in groups) –Brand A, 34% low –Brand B, 11% low Pfuger Bridge (jogging trail), Austin In ~2 hours, 967 people (47% in groups) –Brand A, 36% low –Brand B, 26% low –Brand C, 24% low 12

13 Austin Regional Monitoring Program State-of-the-practice review Purchased 2 permanent counters and 2 portable counters from Eco Counter

14 Opportunities and Advances - 1 “Grassroots” efforts from within the pedestrian/bicyclist community 14

15 Opportunities and Advances - 2 Map and navigation industry efforts 15

16 Opportunities and Advances - 2 Map and navigation industry efforts 16

17 Opportunities and Advances - 2 Map and navigation industry efforts 17

18 Opportunities and Advances - 3 Pocket-sized, location-aware mobile devices + crowdsourcing and social media 18

19 Opportunities and Advances - 3 Pocket-sized, location-aware mobile devices + crowdsourcing and social media 19

20 Opportunities and Advances Source: Jennifer Dill, Portland State Univ.

21 National Activities Alta/ITE National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project ABW Benchmarking Report FHWA Update of Traffic Monitoring Guide –Supporting state-of-practice review NCHRP 8-78: Demand Forecasting Methods NCHRP 7-19: Count Collection Methods/Equipment TRB Ped/Bike Data Subcommittee And probably lots more!! 21

22 Intl. Scan Tour - Monitoring Bike “barometers”: counters in highly visible locations 22

23 Queen Louise Bridge, Copenhagen: 36,000 ADBT 23

24 Concluding Thoughts Progress is being made –Equipment –Monitoring programs –Travel surveys Focus on uses and users –Who? –What decisions? Capture passion/dedication of advocates Mobile devices for crowd-sourced data 24

25 Questions? (979)


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