Online Non-motorized Traffic Count Archive

Krista Nordback, Portland State University

Co-investigator:

Summary:

Jurisdictions around the country are collecting non-motorized traffic count data, but the lack of a centralized database inhibits data sharing and greatly reduces the utility of this important and growing dataset. Lack of access to count data has led some transportation professionals to assume that cycling and walking levels are close enough to zero to be ignored. To remedy this, we will create a national online non-motorized traffic count archive. This archive will include online input, data reformatting and validation functions, data visualization and analysis tools, and the ability to download user-specified data and exchange the data with other databases and applications.These features will provide safety researchers with a measure of exposure to collisions, will give educators data to better include cycling and walking in their curricula, will provide local agencies with seasonally adjusted estimates of daily non-motorized traffic at their short duration count sites, and will provide policymakers and transportation professionals with basic information on cycling and walking that will inform decisions and plans around the country. Access to a centralized non-motorized traffic data archive will open the door for innovation through research, design, and planning; provide fundamental performance metrics for planning and funding decisions; and allow policymakers and transportation professionals to better support the public’s desire for livable communities.

Project Details

Project Type:
Pool-Funded
Project Status:
In Progress
End Date:
May 31,2016
UTC Grant Cycle:
NITC Tier 1 Pooled Fund 1
UTC Funding:
$87,500