Alta Planning + Design has partnered with manufacturers of bicycle and pedestrian count technology to test devices in four communities across the country.

At Alta, we know that believing in the power of active transportation to create communities is not enough – decision makers need proof. As rates of active transportation have increased nationally over the past fifteen years, driven by steady growth in better walking and bicycling infrastructure, transportation professionals have become frustrated by a general lack of bike and pedestrian count data.

Without accurate and consistent count data, it is difficult to measure the positive benefits of investments in active transportation, understand pedestrian and bicycle crash figures, and document facility usage over time. The Active Transportation Count Project and other initiatives seek to correct this imbalance by leveling the playing field between motorized and nonmotorized data collection programs.

Fortunately, current and emerging technologies can capture and process non-motorized data efficiently and economically. You can read about some of the new technologies that can automate, simplify, and expedite the collection of bicycle and pedestrian data in Alta’s white paper – Innovation in Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts.

Alta has partnered with manufacturers of bicycle and pedestrian count technology to test these devices in four communities across the country: Chicago, IL; Cambridge, MA; Hillsboro, OR; and San Leandro, CA. The coast-to-coast demonstration aims to help city decision makers determine new ways to understand bicycling and walking count data. The Active Transportation Count Project team is currently validating data collected from the study to understand the devices’ accuracy and precision across the test locations.

Project Team:
Kristen O’Toole, Mike Sellinger, Kyle James, Sam Piper, Charlie Creagh