Collecting Network-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Data: A Guidebook for When and Where to Count

Across the United States, jurisdictions are investing more in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, which
requires non-motorized traffic volume data. While some agencies use automated counters to collect
continuous and short duration counts, the most common type of bicycle and pedestrian counting is still
manual counting. The purpose of this guide is to provide recommendations for collecting network-wide
bicycle and pedestrian count data specific to the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation
Project. Communities within the State of Washington can use this guide to establish a network-wide count
program to help measure bicycle and pedestrian travel over time on a network. Recommendations include
increase the number of permanent bicycle and pedestrian count sites, calibrate equipment, and increase the
length of time counted at each count site to at least 8 hours (7-9AM, 11AM-1PM, 4-6PM Tuesday,
Wednesday, or Thursday and 12-2PM Saturday), but preferably counting a whole week using calibrated
automated equipment. This guidebook incorporates results from two research projects funded by WSDOT:
one by Michael Lowry at University of Idaho and the other by Portland State University and University of
North Carolina. Each has a separate report documenting findings.

Publication Date: 
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 875.1
Last modified: 
03/05/2018 - 08:07
Dylan Johnstone, Krista Nordback, Michael Lowry
Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC). Portland State University.
Number of Pages: 
Pedestrian counts, Pedestrian traffic, Bicycle counts, Manual traffic counts, Networks, Nonmotorized transportation, Data collection, Automatic data collection systems, Recommendations