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Mayors' Challenge 3: Gather Data

Gather and track biking and walking data

Pedestrian and bicycle data programs should be initiated or expanded to better understand walking and bicycling activity levels (i.e. volume), crash location and circumstances, and existing and proposed infrastructure. This data will enable more informed decision-making such as targeting improvements where the need is the greatest. 

What information needs to be gathered?

Data collection should include:

  • Number of bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Inventory of bicycle and pedestrian facilities such as bike lanes and sidewalks
  • Description of trip and travel routes, including access to transit
  • Crash and injury data

How do we collect biking and walking data?

  • Count the number of people walking and biking
  • Use count methods that are compatible and consistent to support national data collection
  • Collect information on the extent of non-motorized networks and their use in accessing public transportation networks
  • Gather crash and injury data for nonmotorists

What resources are available to help us gather biking and walking information?

U.S. DOT Resources

  • FHWA
    • FHWA's 2013 edition of the Traffic Monitoring Guide provides the most up to date guidance to State highway agencies in the policies, standards, procedures, and equipment typically used in a traffic monitoring program.

Stakeholder Organization Resources

What data sources are readily available?

U.S. DOT Resources

Stakeholder Organization Resources

Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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