The National Academies

NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 50-10 [Active (Synthesis)]

Availability and use of Pedestrian Infrastructure Data to Support Active Transportation Planning
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 5/1/2018 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Tanya M. Zwahlen
Research Agency: Alta Design + Planning
Principal Investigator: Hugh Louch
Effective Date: 10/16/2018
Fiscal Year: 2018

Final Scope
Active transportation is a fundamental component of communities and therefore is critical to comprehensive transportation planning. To improve pedestrian planning, data-driven decision making is needed. Pedestrian planning relies on existing public infrastructure, environment, safety and land use data. While some cities are now collecting data about their sidewalks and paths, pedestrian signals, and other pedestrian-related infrastructure, these data are not stored or updated in a consistent manner, may not be accessible to others, contain a wide variety of different attributes, and thus are not typically used by most of the people who need that information to make decisions. Sidewalk data is also needed for a wide variety of planning, research, engineering tasks and asset management. For instance, many agencies are tasked to perform sidewalk inventories and assessments and should be maintaining and updating a Transition Plan in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The objective of this synthesis is to document how State DOTs are collecting, managing, sharing, and analyzing pedestrian infrastructure data.
Information to be gathered will include, but not be limited to:
·       The different mechanisms for collecting, managing, sharing, and analyzing pedestrian infrastructure data by state DOTs
·       The types, variables, attributes and formats of data being collected
·       How data consistency is ensured
·       How state DOTs use and analyze data for decision making and what limitations currently exist
·       How state DOTs work with transportation partners to collect and use data
·       How state DOTs share data and ensure data privacy and contractual compliance
Information will be gathered through a comprehensive literature review, a survey of DOTs through the State Bike/Pedestrian Coordinators, and interviews summarized into no less than five representative case examples (e.g. geographic balance, rural to urban, collaboration with other agencies, State DOT led, etc.).
TRB Staff
Tanya M. Zwahlen
phone              585/315-1834
fax                   202/334-2081
email               tzwahlen@nas.edu

Meeting Dates

First Panel:  October 16, 2018

Teleconference with Consultant:  November 28, 2018

Second Panel:  June 27, 2019

Topic Panel
William H. Bachman, PhD, Urban Design 4 Health, Inc.
Tom Bowman, Iowa DOT
Wei Fan, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Dustin J. Foster, California DOT
Roy Gothie, PennDOT
In-Kyu Lim, Virginia DOT
Michelle M. Morgan, Washington State DOT
Ann H. Do, Federal Highway Administration
Bernardo Kleiner, Transportation Research Board

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