Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 50-10. Availability and use of Pedestrian Infrastructure Data to Support Active Transportation Planning

Active transportation is a fundamental component of communities and therefore is critical to comprehensive transportation planning. To improve pedestrian planning, data-driven decision making is needed. Pedestrian planning relies on existing public infrastructure, environment, safety and land use data. While some cities are now collecting data about their sidewalks and paths, pedestrian signals, and other pedestrian-related infrastructure, these data are not stored or updated in a consistent manner, may not be accessible to others, contain a wide variety of different attributes, and thus are not typically used by most of the people who need that information to make decisions. Sidewalk data is also needed for a wide variety of planning, research, engineering tasks and asset management. For instance, many agencies are tasked to perform sidewalk inventories and assessments and should be maintaining and updating a Transition Plan in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The objective of this synthesis is to document how State DOTs are collecting, managing, sharing, and analyzing pedestrian infrastructure data. Information to be gathered will include, but not be limited to:(1) The different mechanisms for collecting, managing, sharing, and analyzing pedestrian infrastructure data by state DOTs; (2) The types, variables, attributes and formats of data being collected; (3) How data consistency is ensured; (4) How state DOTs use and analyze data for decision making and what limitations currently exist; (5) How state DOTs work with transportation partners to collect and use data; (6) How state DOTs share data and ensure data privacy and contractual compliance. Information will be gathered through a comprehensive literature review, a survey of DOTs through the State Bike/Pedestrian Coordinators, and interviews summarized into no less than five representative case examples (e.g. geographic balance, rural to urban, collaboration with other agencies, State DOT led, etc.).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 50-10

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    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
  • Project Managers:

    Zwahlen, Tanya

  • Performing Organizations:

    Alta Design + Planning

    Durham, NC  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Louch, Hugh

  • Start Date: 20181016
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01669008
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 50-10
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 14 2018 3:04PM