Developing a Rubric and Best Practices for Conducting Counts of Non-Motorized Transportation Users

1. Project Objective: Create and validate a bicycle and pedestrian count guideline, accessible statewide, representing urban and rural best practices. 2. Scope of Work: A. Literature Review and Inventory of Existing Data Collection Methods: This project will conduct an exhaustive literature review of the existing bike count tools, technologies, and methodologies. This will include an analysis of which methods may be most appropriate for Utah's diversity of environments. The project will conduct interviews of local municipalities, agencies, and interest groups (and national groups as needed) that have experience conducting counts, including the methods employed and the challenges they experienced in both collecting and analyzing the data. B. Identify Test Sites and Appropriate Methods: A diversity of test sites will be identified by Active Planning with input from the Technical Advisory Committee. These sites will include a cross-section of appropriate environments, and site and situation factors. The following types of sites will be included: On road, mixed-use paths, off-road, corridors and intersections, and transit stations. No more than 15 test sites will be included, and no more than 3 will be located off the Wasatch Front. The most effective methods, tools, technologies identified in Task A will be field tested at these sites, as appropriate. Active Planning will work with Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to secure hardware for testing at the most reasonable costs possible, however, the project is not responsible for purchasing hardware for conducting the field tests. UDOT Asset Management will provide funding for acquiring any necessary hardware for this project. In the case that technologies are cost prohibitive for testing, Active Planning will work with UDOT to identify potential funding sources to cover purchase costs, or identify other sources for renting/borrowing the technologies form other agencies. C. Conduct Bicycle Counts at Test Sites: After test sites are identified by the TAC, count equipment will be secured and field tests will begin. Field tests will take place in Utah and will be conducted on a fixed or rolling time scale to be determined by the capabilities of the equipment being used between May and August 2015 to reduce the impact of seasonality. Due to the inability to predict exact time scales prior to identifying the technologies that will be employed, any additional necessary data collection identified during the process will be collected in September 2015. D. Compile Data and Analyze Effectiveness of Methods: After all field test are completed the project will compile data from all counters and all locations and will synthesize the usability of each method. The project will then identify which methods are the most useful in terms of ease of data collection and usability of data outputs. Additionally, methods will be evaluated based upon site appropriateness. E. Create Guidebook Synthesizing Data Collection Process: Based upon the synthesis conducted in Task D the project will create step-by-step guidelines for conducting counts, from choosing a method through analyzing and using the data outputs. Information on specific technologies including costs, equipment specifications, and data output descriptions will be included. The project will provide guidelines for interpreting and utilizing final data outputs, and a decision tree will be included for selecting the most appropriate methods. The guidebook will be written toward an audience comprised of UDOT Planners/Engineers, UDOT Region offices, other transportation agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local municipalities, and interest groups. This final guidebook will be provided in electronic format to UDOT. F. Compile Final Report for UDOT: A final report will be prepared summarizing the completion of the above process and tasks and will be submitted to UDOT no later than December 31, 2015. This report will be in the UDOT Research Format.


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Utah Department of Transportation

      4501 South 2700 West
      Project Development
      Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
    • Project Managers:

      Hales, Thomas

    • Performing Organizations:

      Active Planning

      Centerville, Utah  United States 
    • Principal Investigators:

      Burbidge, Shaunna

    • Start Date: 20141201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20160331
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01574339
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Utah Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 158620
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Aug 27 2015 2:14PM