The ALR 2015 conference will be held February 22 - 25, 2015 at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego, CA.
The Challenge: Urban planners, transportation engineers, and other public health professionals need accurate counts of bicyclists and pedestrians to help inform transportation planning and investments that support physical activity, such as walkways and bicycle facilities.
Make an impact: Many technologies for counting bicyclists and pedestrians have been developed and researchers, engineers, and planners have obtained substantial experience using the counts for planning and evaluation. Technologies include simple manual counts by volunteers, infrared technologies installed on utility or signage poles, inductive loops that use wires embedded in pathways to count bicyclists, and video recordings that capture movement along roadway segments or in crosswalks.
What the findings are about: This brief describes these types of technologies for counting bicycles and pedestrians and the benefits and challenges associated with different approaches. It also explains how counting data can be used to inform transportation planning, presents trends in levels of bicycle and pedestrian activity, and illustrates one goal of non-motorized traffic monitoring, namely, estimating bicycle and pedestrian traffic on streets in cities and towns.
Active Living Research translates and disseminates evidence to advocates, policy-makers and practitioners aimed at preventing childhood obesity and promoting active communities.