Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development

The need for robust methods that can accurately measure bicycle and walking activity has long been recognized, particularly in relation to land use. Many planning agencies are trying to assess the potential for smart growth and other land use options to increase bicycling and walking and reduce motor vehicle use. There is a substantial lack of credible bicycle and walking data. Existing national data sources document a particular segment of bicycling or walking trips (e.g., U.S. Census Journey-to-Work data) or document all bicycling or walking trips at large geography such as state or aggregations of metropolitan areas (e.g., the National Household Travel Survey or other household travel surveys). However, there is a lack of consistent methodologies to understand bicycling and walking activity, and relationships to demographic, social, and physical factors are not well understood. Consistent methodologies and credible data would enhance local and regional planning to evaluate bicycle and pedestrian needs. The objective of this research is to prepare a guidebook for practitioners on estimating and forecasting bicycling and walking activity. The guidebook will include transferable methods for practitioners working on regional-, corridor-, and project-level analysis to estimate and forecast bicycling and walking activity in relation to transportation infrastructure characteristics, land use, topography, weather/climate, and socio-demographic characteristics.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 8-78

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Consulting LLC

  • Principal Investigators:

    Kuzmyak, J

  • Start Date: 20100427
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22348

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464204
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 8-78
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:38PM