TRB Webinar: Tools for Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection

posted Jan 20, 2015, 9:12 AM by Adam Budowski

TRB will conduct a webinar on January 29, 2015, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET that will explore forthcoming NCHRP Report 797: Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection. Webinar presenters will provide an overview of the guidebook's contents and a short summary of the research.

This webinar will introduce applications for non-motorized count data, technologies and methods for collecting non-motorized count data, and methods for adjusting raw count data to (a) correct errors inherent to a given counting technology and (b) adjust counts to estimate volumes over different periods of time and/or under different environmental conditions than those counted.

Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees. A certificate for two Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual.

Webinar Presenters

  • Paul Ryus, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
  • Robert Schneider, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Tony Hull, Toole Design Group
  • Frank Proulx, University of California, Berkeley

Moderated by: Kelly Laustsen, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Webinar Outline

  • PART 1: Introduction
  • PART 2: Project and guidebook overview
  • PART 3: Non-motorized count applications
  • PART 4: Non-motorized counting methods and technologies
  • PART 5: Correcting and adjusting non-motorized count data
  • PART 6: Wrap-up
  • PART 7: Question and answer session

The first 90 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions. The Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) categorizes this webinar activity as relating to health, safety, and welfare including core technical.

TRB 2015 Annual Meeting Sessions

posted Jan 5, 2015, 9:39 AM by Adam Budowski   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 9:40 AM ]

Workshop 154

Making Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Programs Count 
Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:30PM - 4:30PM  Convention Center, 150B Workshop

Session 434

Bicycle and Pedestrian Information: Practical Application of Data Collection and Technology 
Monday, January 12, 2015 4:15PM - 6:00PM  Convention Center, Hall E Poster Session

Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Joint Subcommittee of ABJ35, ABJ20, ABJ30, ABJ40, ANF20 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 10:15AM - 12:00PM  Marriott Marquis, Liberty P (M4) Subcommittee Meeting

Session 762

Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Methods, Technologies, Accuracy and Warehousing 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 8:00AM - 9:45AM  Convention Center, 151A Lectern Session

NATMEC 2014 Meeting notes

posted Sep 10, 2014, 10:11 AM by Alex Poznanski

...are posted in the "Meeting Notes" section.

SAVE THE DATE: April 13‐14, 2015

posted Aug 18, 2014, 3:10 PM by Alex Poznanski

Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground:
Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts

TRB’s Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

More info can be found here

Minnesota: Where Every Step Counts

posted May 5, 2014, 3:25 PM by Alex Poznanski

Check out the bike/ped data initiatives going on in Minnesota:

An overview of the 2014 University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies Research Partnership Award winning Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative. U of M researchers partnered with MnDOT, the Minnesota Department of Health, and several other state and local agencies to measure bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The goal is to determine the health, safety, and economic impacts of these activities so policymakers and planners can make better decisions about transportation investments. Interviewees featured: Greg Lindsey (U of M Humphrey School), Lisa Austin (MnDOT), Simon Blenski (City of Minneapolis), and Jasna Hadzic (MnDOT).

Click here for a text version of the video.

TRB Circular E-C183: Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior

posted Mar 25, 2014, 11:12 AM by Greg Griffin, AICP   [ updated Mar 25, 2014, 11:13 AM ]

Subcommittee members just published a TRB Circular documenting recent advancements in techniques and technology of active transportation monitoring. The work is called Transportation Research Circular E-C183: Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior, and is published by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science.

Interested persons can contact any of the authors (Griffin, Nordback, Götschi, Stolz & Kothuri) through the Subcommittee Leaders web page.

2014 Meeting Schedule

posted Nov 4, 2013, 5:58 AM by Alex Poznanski   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 5:59 AM ]

The schedule of TRB 2014 events sponsored by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Subcommittee is posted! Click on "2014 Meeting Information" in the Conference Information section of the sidebar to check it out.

Smart Location Database version 2.0

posted Nov 4, 2013, 5:26 AM by Alex Poznanski

The U.S. EPA’s Smart Growth Program recently announced the release of the Smart Location Database version 2.0, a consistent nationwide GIS data resource for measuring location efficiency. It includes over 90 variables characterizing the built environment, transit service, destination accessibility, employment, and demographics at the census block group scale. Users can download data for their selected region, view data online in an interactive map, or access the data through a variety of web services. 


Sample variables available in the Smart Location Database include:

·         Gross density on unprotected land (housing, population, employment, and activity)

·         Land use diversity

·         Street intersections per square mile

·         High-speed road network density

·         Aggregate transit service frequency, afternoon peak period

·         Transit service density, afternoon peak period

·         Percentage of jobs within a 0.25 mile walk of a fixed-guide way transit station

·         Jobs within a 45-minute transit commute

·         Working-age population within a 45-minute transit commute

·         Jobs within a 45-minute drive

·         Working-age population within a 45-minute drive

·         Employment totals broken down by 8- and 5-tier classification schemes


The Smart Location Database may be appropriate for use in local and regional planning studies when better local data is unavailable. Sample uses of the Database include:

·         Assessing and comparing neighborhood conditions

·         Identifying suitable locations for growth or investment

·         Scenario planning and transportation analysis


EPA is currently using the Smart Location Database in a nationwide research study to develop new indicators and tools for assessing workplace location efficiency.


Learn more about the Smart Location Database and access data:

Call for Presentations: Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues at NATMEC (DUE OCT. 28!)

posted Oct 11, 2013, 7:26 AM by Greg Griffin, AICP   [ updated Oct 11, 2013, 7:37 AM ]

The North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference 2014 will include a focus on transportation. 

Download the flyer to get more details on submitting an abstract to be considered for NATMEC, and make travel plans for June 29-July 2, 2014 in Chicago.

All abstracts should be submitted by October 28, 2013; should be no longer than 400 words; and should clearly convey the material that will be presented.

More info, event registration and abstract submission are available through the event website.

TRB Circular in Development

posted Jun 11, 2013, 2:41 PM by Greg Griffin, AICP

This subcommittee is facilitating development of a TRB Circular currently called "Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior, Current Research and Practice".
For additional information, or to provide comments on the draft, contact:

Greg Griffin, AICP | Associate Transportation Researcher | Texas A&M Transportation Institute |  Tel 512.407.1111 |

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