RES2019-13: TDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Counting: Best Methodologies Assessment

Transportation agencies throughout the United States are systematically counting bicycles and pedestrians to plan, fund, and evaluate nonmotorized infrastructure. This project evaluated nonmotorized count methods and technologies and developed recommendations to integrate them into Tennessee's statewide count program. We first did a nationwide scan of best practices for bicycle and pedestrian count from leading transportation agencies on nonmotorized counts. Then, we developed a semi-structured questionnaire to interview representatives of Tennessee's transportation agencies to assess existing count efforts. We found most of the major count efforts in urban areas of Tennessee (Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville) and by few transportation agencies at the northeast corner of the state. However, only a few count efforts are programmatic. Chattanooga is planning one while preparing this report. This report comprehensively describes the capabilities of count technologies and strategies, followed by methods to implement and interpret count data. From this study, we recommend five goals that can guide TDOT’s efforts to support improvements in nonmotorized counts across the state. Goal 1: Establish a routine pedestrian and bicyclist count data collection protocol. Goal 2: Establish and implement a process for data to be consistently uploaded to a centralized database maintained by TDOT. Goal 3: Develop analytical methods and processes for reporting performance measures. iii Goal 4: Share data with stakeholders Goal 5: Institutionalize and build capacity for pedestrian and bicyclist monitoring within TDOT and across Tennessee This report also includes a companion document, the TDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program Guidance Manual that is an implementation guide to operationalize the findings in this report.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $150000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    James K. Polk Building
    Fifth and Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN  United States  37243-0349
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Carpenter, Rochelle

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cherry, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20181201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201130
  • Actual Completion Date: 20201130
  • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771412
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 10 2021 2:28PM