In November 2016, the AASHTO Board of Directors adopted a new committee structure for the organization that included creating the Council on Active Transportation as part of the Transportation Policy Forum. The Council addresses issues related to bicycle, pedestrian, and other active transportation modes, including non-motorized access to the multi-modal network.
- Safety: support the reduction in pedestrian and bicyclist serious injuries and fatalities.
- Communication: broadly communicate the value of active transportation to the transportation system, the environment, and communities.
- Data: define voluntary systematic and consistent approaches to collecting, managing, analyzing, and monitoring data on pedestrian and bicyclist safety, mobility, cost, facilities, and system utilization.
- Partnering, Publications, Research and Member Resources: within existing funding limitations or controls, support the appropriate inclusion of active transportation in transportation program and project development and delivery.
- Policy: provide policy leadership on active transportation.
- Technology: monitor and share information related to new technologies that may impact active transportation.
Advancing toward these goals requires the Council be up to date on relevant existing research and be prepared to foster and support new research that will address gaps in current knowledge. The active transportation research literature, however, is not only vast and rapidly expanding, but also scattered across many disciplines and sources. Therefore it is difficult for the Council to stay abreast of research results and emerging areas of study.
So that the Council can serve as a resource within AASHTO and to its practitioner membership at state departments of transportation (DOTs), the Council is seeking assistance in developing a research roadmap. The roadmap will be informed by a review and synthesis of existing research, an assessment of research gaps, and engagement with the Council and other AASHTO committees and councils. The roadmap will serve as guidance for Council activities to foster and support a forward-thinking, practitioner-oriented, research agenda for active transportation. The roadmap will also inform Council efforts to monitor, disseminate, and implement research on active transportation by integrating research results into its activities.
The objective of this project is to develop a research roadmap that can be used by the Council to focus its efforts to foster, support, monitor, disseminate, and implement research on active transportation. The roadmap will build upon existing research and be informed by outreach to the active transportation practitioner community. In addition to identifying research gaps and prioritizing research needs, the roadmap will align with the Council’s strategic plan for future Council activities, including collaboration with other AASHTO committees and councils.