Guide to Bicycle & Pedestrian Count Programs

Interested in understanding bicycle and pedestrian traffic in your area? This site is for you! While there are many ways to quantify bicycling and walking, this site focuses on bicycle and pedestrian count programs. Counting provides information on the level of intersections, paths and roadways, a dataset already available for motor vehicles, but lacking for non-motorized travelers. Agencies who show clear evidence of use are more likely to receive funding for projects.

Here we summarize the latest information on how to create or improve a bicycle and pedestrian count program.  We use the basic outline provided by FHWA’s 2013 Traffic Monitoring Guide (TMG), Chapter 4 Traffic Monitoring for Non-Motorized Traffic. As more agencies begin counting biking and walking, we’ll learn more about bicycle and pedestrian counting and add more to the site.


This site was written 
and compiled by Krista Nordback at TREC at Portland State University with support from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. In addition to borrowing heavily from FHWA’s Traffic Monitoring Guide, we are grateful for input, comments and guidance from members of the TRB Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Subcommittee, including the following individuals:

Sirisha Kothuri, Portland State University

Liz Stolz, Sprinkle Consulting

Thomas Götschi, University of Zurich

Shawn Turner, Texas Transportation Institute

Mohamed Elesawey, Ain Shams University 

Steven Jessberger, FHWA

Jeremy Raw, FHWA

If you have comments or suggestions for the site, please email Krista Nordback at Portland State University.

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