Designing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic Monitoring Program to Estimate Annual Average Daily Traffic in a Small Rural College Town

 

External link: http://docs.trb.org/prp/17-01652.pdf

Publication date: January 1, 2017

Capsule summary: This research designed traffic monitoring programs for non-motorized modes of transportation in small, rural communities.

Author(s): Lu, Tianjun; Buehler, Ralph; Mondschein, Andrew; Hankey, Steve

Publisher(s): Transportation Research Board


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Description: Non-motorized forms of transportation contribute to improving national infrastructure, health and environmental conditions. In order to further non-motorized traffic and safety monitoring, transportation planners must consider a monitoring system that covers multiple components of a city’s transportation network.

Objectives: The objective of this research is to develop a monitoring program that assess an entire small community’s network of non-motorized traffic. The research chose representative count sites to collect AADT data, and combined several methods that improved the accuracy of the program. These method results included the ability to fill in missing counts, scaling factors, and estimating future traffic conditions based on one week of collected data.

Findings: The research explored multiple methods from previous studies to develop a comprehensive traffic monitoring program for non-motorized modes of transportation. The research team found that their program worked well at a small, rural level and that similar methodologies could be applied to counting the number of bicycles and pedestrians as well.

Recommendations: For communities seeking to assess bicycle and pedestrian traffic patterns, this report provides an approach that could be replicated in large or small communities to conduct a comprehensive assessment of AADT data. Use of this approach supplies transportation decision makers with the information needed to implement the necessary infrastructure for the future.

Research Theme: Advancing New Technologies, Innovative Data Analysis, Planning for Pedestrians, Bikes, and Transit, Traffic Operations

Community Type: City, Rural

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Organization Type: City, MPO or RPO

Planning Subject: Analysis, Evaluation, Evaluation and Assessment, Forecasting, Planning Methods