The National Academies

NCHRP 07-19 [Final]

Methods and Technologies for Collecting Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Research Agency: Kittleson & Associates, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Paul Ryus
Effective Date: 4/11/2012
Completion Date: 8/11/2014
Comments: Guidebook published as NCHRP Report 797; final research report is available as Web-only Document 205

The objective of this research was 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 considered, among other factors, feasibility, availability, quality, reliability, cost, and compatibility. The guidance (i.e., Guidebook) includes 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. 
A follow-on project, 07-19(02) was conducted to test the accuracy and precision of additional non-motorized counting technologies and products that entered the market while NCHRP Project 07-19 was underway.  Kittelson & Associates evaluated radar, thermal camera, piezoelectric bicycle-specific tube counter technology at sites in California, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  The results of the project are available at




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