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NCHRP 07-19 [Active]

Methods and Technologies for Collecting Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Staff Responsibility: Crawford F. Jencks
Research Agency: Kittleson & Associates, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Paul Ryus
Effective Date: 4/11/2012
Completion Date: 8/11/2014
Comments: Research in progress; revised final report pending

The objective of this research is to assess existing, new, and innovative technologies and methods and provide guidance for transportation practitioners on to how to best collect pedestrian and bicycle volume data. The assessment should consider, among other factors, feasibility, availability, quality, reliability, cost, and compatibility. The guidance should include methods to (a) efficiently mine and manage existing data sources; (b) acquire and use data from new and innovative technologies; and (c) summarize and disseminate pedestrian and bicycle volume data for site-specific, local, and systemwide needs assessments, project development, and safety management.
Accomplishment of the project objective will require at least the following tasks.
(1). Conduct a literature review of technologies and methods for pedestrian and bicycle volume data collection and management. Summarize the results in a technical memorandum for NCHRP review.

  Develop a detailed plan to identify and assess (a) methods and technologies that are currently used or potentially could be used by state and local agencies to collect and extrapolate pedestrian and bicycle volume data; and (b) new, innovative, and emerging technologies. The detailed plan should, at a minimum, include a survey of appropriate practitioners at agencies such as state DOTs, MPOs, local agencies, vendors, and universities.  The assessment should consider factors including, but not limited to, feasibility, availability, quality, reliability, cost, and compatibility.

Upon NCHRP approval, implement the Task 2 detailed plan.

 Prepare an interim report providing (a) summary of results from Tasks 1 through 3;

(5). Investigate approved methods and technologies recommended in the interim report. Prepare a technical memorandum for NCHRP review. 

(6). Prepare a stand-alone document providing guidance for practitioners on methods and technologies, including illustrative case studies where applicable.

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