Digitizing Bicycle and Pedestrian Treatments for Promoting Active Transportation Equity and Safety

Traffic risks involving nonmotorized road users have been a significant problem in recent years, with many fatalities observed in underserved and low-income communities due to lack of adequate nonmotorized infrastructure. However, implementing data-driven safety and planning tools is challenging due to the absence of a high-quality inventory database for bicycle and pedestrian treatments. Therefore, it is crucial to develop and maintain a high-quality inventory database for such treatments. The resulting project will advance the application of GIS data acquisition to develop a framework for data acquisition and digitization to manage active transportation-related road assets while minimizing costs and risks associated with poorly governed data. This study will not only aid safety assessment by developing crash modification factors for active transportation facilities and treatments but will facilitate equity assessment and informed decision-making during the planning process. The objective of the project is to develop procedures to assist state department of transportation (DOTs) in digitizing bike and pedestrian treatments. These research steps will help address the lack of inventory data for active transportation facilities and treatments and will facilitate the development of a GIS-based protocol to fill the data gap. The resulting guide will provide procedural concepts for collecting, maintaining, and managing data, and will be used to suggest changes to AASHTO and FHWA publications. State DOT officers will be contacted for implementation guidelines, and a detailed guideline document will be prepared with precise definitions of terms and operating procedures.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-177

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Nasri, Arefeh

  • Start Date: 20230612
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01884868
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-177
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2023 7:56PM