Starting Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Programs Lessons in Developing a Regional Program Sean Co
Metropolitan Transportation Commission <ul><li>7 million people </li></ul><ul><li>9 counties </li></ul><ul><li>101 cities ...
Past Efforts <ul><li>Bicyclist and Pedestrian Data Collection and Analysis Project (2003)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 count...
Past Effort Methodology Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Locations near sc...
How will we use the counts? State of the System Report <ul><ul><li>Transit ridership </li></ul></ul>Freeway congestion dat...
How will we use the counts? Snapshot of activity Baseline for Bike to Work Day counts Information for requests from the pr...
Developing a program <ul><li>Volunteer Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing volunteers takes time and effort </li></ul><...
Consultant Assistance for Counts Consistency in counts Data received in a timely fashion Data summarized in your format Re...
Methodology <ul><ul><li>- </li></ul></ul>Inexpensive Consultant budget $25,000 for 100 locations for two periods No analys...
Methodology Use National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project Minor changes Entire month of September <ul><ul><li>...
What happens next? Counts conducted in September Alameda county paid for extra counts Apply adjustment factors Work to dev...
Bicycle and Pedestrian Activity in the San Francisco Bay Area Cyclists and Pedestrians  Per Day Investment ? ? ? ? ?
<ul><li>Sean Co </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>510.817.5748 </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Planner ...
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    1. 1. Starting Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Programs Lessons in Developing a Regional Program Sean Co
    2. 2. Metropolitan Transportation Commission <ul><li>7 million people </li></ul><ul><li>9 counties </li></ul><ul><li>101 cities </li></ul><ul><li>27 transit operators </li></ul><ul><li>Rural to dense cities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural to Urban </li></ul></ul>9 counties 101 cities Urban Rural
    3. 3. Past Efforts <ul><li>Bicyclist and Pedestrian Data Collection and Analysis Project (2003) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 count locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High collision rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Bicycle Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proximity to transit </li></ul></ul>schools & universities local & regional destinations
    4. 4. Past Effort Methodology Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Locations near schools expanded (2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Counts continued in 2004 No counts until 2010
    5. 5. How will we use the counts? State of the System Report <ul><ul><li>Transit ridership </li></ul></ul>Freeway congestion data <ul><ul><li>Toll bridge traffic </li></ul></ul>Airport passenger and cargo volume <ul><ul><li>Collisions </li></ul></ul>Bicycle or pedestrian data? Equity with other modes Adjustment factors allow time period reporting
    6. 6. How will we use the counts? Snapshot of activity Baseline for Bike to Work Day counts Information for requests from the press Exposure rates for bicycles and pedestrians Calibration of travel demand model
    7. 7. Developing a program <ul><li>Volunteer Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing volunteers takes time and effort </li></ul></ul>City counts not consistent <ul><ul><li>Different methodologies and purpose for counts </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Consultant Assistance for Counts Consistency in counts Data received in a timely fashion Data summarized in your format Reliability of professional firm Location selection key for staffing needs
    9. 9. Methodology <ul><ul><li>- </li></ul></ul>Inexpensive Consultant budget $25,000 for 100 locations for two periods No analysis <ul><ul><ul><li>Budget in staff time analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Includes training of count consultant </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Methodology Use National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project Minor changes Entire month of September <ul><ul><li>Direction of travel not recorded </li></ul></ul>Ensures accuracy of counts Characteristics prioritized – gender over helmet use
    11. 11. What happens next? Counts conducted in September Alameda county paid for extra counts Apply adjustment factors Work to develop adjustment factors for bicycles Compile counts from other agencies Screenline counts Trail counts
    12. 12. Bicycle and Pedestrian Activity in the San Francisco Bay Area Cyclists and Pedestrians Per Day Investment ? ? ? ? ?
    13. 13. <ul><li>Sean Co </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>510.817.5748 </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Planner </li></ul>

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