Bicycle & 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.

 

Count Site Selection and Installation

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:

Title Media
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

 

Texas Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Exchange (BP|CX)

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. 

 

Using Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Data

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.

 

Bicycle & Pedestrian Count Training

TxDOT and researchers have developed training on collecting, visualizing and using pedestrian and bicyclist count data.

Topic Media Handouts CE Credit
Overview Webinar
 

Everything You Wanted to Know about Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Data

Module 1: Collecting Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count Data

Everything You Wanted to Know about Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Data

Module 2: Summarizing and Visualizing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count Data


Everything You Wanted to Know about Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Data

Module 3: Using Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count Data

 

Talk to an Expert

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 Guidance for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Counts

Report Description
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

Report Description
FHWA 2016 Traffic Monitoring Guide
Chapter 4 Traffic Monitoring for Non-Motorized Traffic
  • Automatic counter technology and equipment
  • Systematic monitoring using combination of permanent and short-duration count sites
  • Non-motorized traffic patterns
  • Standardized non-motorized traffic data format
Coding Nonmotorized Station Location Information in the 2016 Traffic Monitoring Guide Format
Report FHWA-HEP-17-011, 2016
  • Extensive guidance and interpretation on the standardized non-motorized traffic data format and attributes in the Traffic Monitoring Guide
  • Relevant for submitting non-motorized count data to FHWA’s Travel Monitoring Analysis System
FHWA Bicycle-Pedestrian Count Technology Pilot Project - Summary Report
Report FHWA-HEP-17-012, 2016
  • Automatic counter technology and equipment
  • Identifying suitable count locations
  • Practical lessons learned in collecting and using count data
Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection
NCHRP Report 797, 2014
  • Systematic monitoring of counts
  • Automatic counter technology and equipment, calibration and validation, and technology evaluation
Methods and Technologies for Pedestrian and Bicycle Data Collection: Phase 2
NCHRP Web-Only Document 229, 2016
  • Extensive and most up-to-date evaluation of automatic counter technology
Exploring Pedestrian Counting Procedures: A Review and Compilation of Existing Procedures, Good Practices, and Recommendations
Report FHWA-HPL-16-026, May 2016
  • Automatic counter technology and equipment
  • Automatic counter validation and calibration
  • Recommended count practices for various facility types
  • Data management procedures (quality assurance, metadata, data analysis)
Innovation in Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts: A Review of Emerging Technology
Alta Planning + Design, 2016
  • Automatic counter technology and equipment
  • Innovative and emerging technology for non-motorized counts

 

Texas Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count Programs

 

Other Bicycle & Pedestrian Count Programs

Other states, cities, and universities have also created nonmotorized count repositories that can be viewed online.