Exploring the Impact of Funding for Unconventional Data Collection on Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Safety Improvements

This study aims to bridge the gap between funding decisions, data access, and safety improvements for vulnerable road users (VRUs). By combining qualitative and quantitative analyses, this research will provide insights and guidance to transportation organizations, specifically state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), to effectively incorporate crowdsourced data into their funding strategies and prioritize safety improvements for VRUs. Through the literature review, survey/interviews (with state DOTs, MPOs, and other transportation agencies), and case studies/comparative analysis, the research team tends to answer the following questions: (1) Will unconventional data become a primary method for non-motorist data collection in the future? (2) How does the level of funding for unconventional data affect safety improvements for VRUs? (3) What is the perceived impact of such investment on agencies’ decision-making processes? (4) What are the major impediments to encouraging data sharing such as privacy concerns? (5) What are the agencies’ data management or data governance practice of unconventional data sources?


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $75476
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

    University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131
  • Project Managers:

    Melendrez, Carman

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Department of Urban Planning/Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation
    Milwaukee, Wi  United States  53211
  • Principal Investigators:

    Qin, Xiao

  • Start Date: 20230601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01890177
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348336
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2023 8:21AM