Estimating Latent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Demand for Shared Use Path Design

Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT's) Roadway Design Manual was updated in July 2020 and incorporates considerations for and accommodations of bicyclists and pedestrians, including preferred design order toward Shared Use Paths (SUPs) compared to bicycle lanes and shared lanes. However, the Guidance does not include specific procedures to estimate the anticipated volumes of non-motorized path users. TxDOT’s Bicycle Accommodation Design Guidance makes it clear that anticipated user volumes should be considered when designing facilities. The research team will develop a simple sketch planning-level demand estimation tool that provides anticipated user volumes for SUPs. The project shall also incorporate the results into the future editions of TxDOT’s design guidance/manuals. Given the uncertainty in resources, the research team will not use an overly complicated method or a method that requires complex data or data architecture. The project shall benefit from existing data sources, including TxDOT’s Texas Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Exchange and other count data resources in the State as well as other secondary and spatial data sources. The research team will develop an easy-to-use tool responding to the needs and requirements of the intended audience while incorporating advancements to improve the accuracy of the demand estimation.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $250173
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Schwerdt, Tom

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sener, Ipek

  • Start Date: 20220901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01863346
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7152
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 3 2022 4:28PM