Non-Motorized Performance Measures

Status: Concept    
Potential Funding Sources:    
Timeframe: Long-Term
Research Period: months
Funding Estimate: $150,000
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Bicycle, pedestrian and other non-motorized modes of transportation provide benefits to both the users of those modes and to the entire network, but their benefits to the network are not well measured or documented. This project should identify and document current leading state DOT or other country practices in measuring performance of non-motorized modes.

Background

Bicycle, pedestrian and other non-motorized modes of transportation provide benefits to both the users of those modes and to the entire network, but their benefits to the network are not well measured or documented.
Safety performance measures involving non-motorized modes are generally better develop than are data and measures concerning traffic counts, origin-destination, mobility, or satisfaction.
Technology is now emerging to better measure performance for bicycle, pedestrians, and other modes, but has not achieved significant penetration for meaningful analysis or comparisons between agencies.

Research Objectives

This project should identify and document current leading state DOT or other country practices in measuring performance of non-motorized modes.
The project should suggest cost-effective mechanisms for gathering data needed to measure:
o Volumes or counts (e.g. bicycle ridership)
o Speeds or reliability
o Sensitivity to weather or other external elements beyond the control of the user
o Impact to the motorized portion of the system
The results should offer a means for analysis of key variables in performance such as connectivity of a non-motorized network, connectivity to transit or other motorized modes, climate, safety of facilities, favorableness of laws and regulations.

Proposed Research

1. Literature and Practice Review
- Catalogue of Candidate Practices
2. Identification of Best Practices
3. Development of Performance Measure Candidates
4. Standards for Data Collection
5. Assessment of Available Technology
6. Recommendations for Target Setting
7. Webinar to present research results
8. Final report

Potential Benefits

Without common standards for measurement or shared data sets, agencies may struggle to understand the value of investment in non-motorized facilities. Enabling agencies to compare performance of bicycle, pedestrian, or related networks will aid in the understanding of improving performance for these modes. Developing data collection standards and benchmarks will better enable owners and maintainers of such facilities to invest in capital improvement and maintenance while also demonstrating the impacts of policy decisions.

Implementation and Follow-on Activities

Implementation activities pending.

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