Online Non-motorized Traffic Count Archive

Krista Nordback, Portland State University



Robust bicycle and pedestrian data on a national scale would serve numerous purposes. Access to a centralized nonmotorized traffic count
archive can open the door for innovation through research, design and planning; provide safety researchers with a measure of exposure; 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. Numerous jurisdictions have initiated nonmotorized traffic count programs. However, many
agencies and policymakers, who need data to support investment decisions, are in locations without a centralized count program. This lack of
access to count data may lead some decision-makers, planners and engineers to assume that cycling and walking levels are close enough to zero
to be ignored. Providing reliable numbers may reveal a surprising amount of walking and bicycling is taking place.

In order to organize and promote the collection of nonmotorized traffic data, a team of transportation professionals and computer scientists has
created a national nonmotorized traffic count archive called Bike-Ped Portal. This archive enables data sharing by centralizing both continuous
and short-duration traffic counts in an online archive. While other archives exist, this is the first that is both national in scope and enables data
to be directly uploaded to the site. This archive includes online input, basic data quality and visualization functions, and the ability to download
user-specified data. In addition, the archive has an API and a demonstration site for training new data wranglers, and is able to transfer count
data directly from one vendor database (Eco-Counter’s Eco-Visio).


Jurisdictions can more easily share, preserve, and access data with each other and with researchers. 
Data exported will be in the same format and so easier to work with.

Project Details

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End Date:
May 31,2016
UTC Grant Cycle:
Tier 1 Pooled Fund 1
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