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NCHRP 08-36/Task 92 [Final]

Counting Motorcycles

  Project Data
Funds: $50,000
Research Agency: Cambridge Systematics
Principal Investigator: Anita Vandervalk
Effective Date: 4/29/2009
Completion Date: 2/1/2010
Comments: Final Report sent to AASHTO

Motorcycle safety is receiving increased attention because of dramatic increases in motorcycle ridership and crash rates are increasing significantly. As transportation safety professionals increase their focus on motorcycle safety, questions about the quality of data related to state motorcycle miles traveled (VMT) are arising. Off-the-shelf vehicle classification systems often are unable to capture motorcycle traffic accurately and equipment vendors have traditionally not addressed this deficiency.  The final report identifies cost effective practices to produce acceptable motorcycle traffic counts.

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