Bicycle and pedestrian count resources
TxDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program has compiled a set of resources to answer your questions about non-motorized counting, from site selection and counter setup to quality control and data uses. Check back frequently as this page is continuously updated with the latest guidance from TxDOT and best practices found in research.
For specific guidance on site selection, including identifying count sites and installing permanent and short-duration count equipment, see Module 1 of TxDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian count training below. You may also review the following videos:
- How to install a bicycle and pedestrian permanent counter
- How to build an urban box for a short duration infrared counter
- Equipment description and vehicle setup
- How to deploy and remove a short duration infrared counter
- How to deploy and remove a short duration bicycle tube counter
- Noting jobsite parameters and information
TxDOT and researchers have developed an online count exchange to import, manage, quality review, factor, and export bicycle and pedestrian count data for use. Contributors must register through the BP|CX to submit data. Contact us for more information.
- BP|CX Public Data – View all bicycle and pedestrian counts performed in Texas in one place. View helpful statistics and download data from individual count locations.
- BP|CX Contributor Portal – Register and upload data to the BP|CX. Quality review, factor and bulk export data you own.
- The Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Exchange User Manual
Resources are available to assist with adjusting short-term and crowd-sourced counts and using count data to assist with policy, planning, and design decisions.
- For specific guidance on adjusting short-term counts to estimate average annual use as well as factoring crowd-sourced data, see the Guide for Seasonal Adjustment and Crowdsourced Data Scaling (Report 0-6927-P6, December 2018). This short read provides a practitioner’s a guide for applying seasonal adjustment factors to short duration counts as well as scaling crowdsourced data samples to represent total biking activity.
We encourage you to take a look at the resources on this page to answer any questions you may have, but if you can’t find your answer, ask an expert.
- TxDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program – For questions about TxDOT policy, the count equipment loan program, and information about districts.
- Robert Benz, TTI Houston – For questions about count site locations, equipment setup, and maintenance.
- Phil Lasley, TTI Austin - For questions about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Exchange, data quality and quality control, factoring and data use.
- Shawn Turner, TTI College Station – For questions about Strava data, factoring, and how to use data once you have it.
TxDOT guidance for pedestrian and bicyclist counts
|Project Summary Report
Report 0-6927-PSR, August 2018
Two-page summary of TxDOT Research Project 0-6927, which outlined a pedestrian and bicyclist count monitoring process and developed a consolidated database of pedestrian and bicyclist counts.
|Improving the Amount and Availability of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count Data in Texas
Report 0-6927-R1, February 2019
A comprehensive research report describing the state of practice, monitoring process, site selection, counter equipment, pilot tests, crowdsourced data, seasonal adjustment factors, and the statewide database.
Key national guidance for pedestrian and bicyclist counts
|FHWA 2022 Traffic Monitoring Guide Chapter 4 Traffic Monitoring for Non-Motorized Traffic
|Coding Nonmotorized Station Location Information in the 2016 Traffic Monitoring Guide Format Report FHWA-HEP-17-011, 2016
|FHWA Bicycle-Pedestrian Count Technology Pilot Project - Summary Report Report FHWA-HEP-17-012, 2016
|Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection NCHRP Report 797, 2014
|Methods and Technologies for Pedestrian and Bicycle Data Collection: Phase 2 NCHRP Web-Only Document 229, 2016
|Exploring Pedestrian Counting Procedures: A Review and Compilation of Existing Procedures, Good Practices, and Recommendations Report FHWA-HPL-16-026, May 2016
|Innovation in Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts: A Review of Emerging Technology Alta Planning + Design, 2016
- Houston-Galveston Area Council
- North Central Texas Council of Governments
- City of Austin
- Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization
Other states, cities, and universities have also created nonmotorized count repositories that can be viewed online.
|How did outdoor biking and walking change during COVID-19?: A case study of three U.S. cities (January 2021)
An examination of how stay-at-home orders in three cities, including Houston, impacted outdoor physical activity patterns.