The benefits of effective research far surpass the corresponding investment and implementation. To develop, conduct, and implement research effectively, advanced skills and in-depth knowledge are required. The necessary knowledge and skills are not found in one individual, in one discipline, or even in one sector of our society. Rather, the most effective research comes about through partnerships and teamwork.
This award recognizes research projects within the CTS program that have resulted in significant impacts on transportation, and rewards teams of individuals who have drawn on the strengths of their diverse partnerships to achieve those results.
To be considered for this award, a group of individuals must have worked together on one or more research projects and implementation efforts that have the following qualities:
In addition, the nominated group of individuals must have:
Traffic volumes are a basic input for transportation planning and engineering. For estimating vehicular traffic, there are sophisticated, comprehensive monitoring systems. For monitoring nonmotorized traffic, however, comparable systems have not been established, and there is a lack of basic information for
This study aimed to develop general guidance and consistent methods for counting bicyclists and pedestrians in Minnesota. The research team created a set of tools and methods for short-duration manual counts of nonmotorized traffic, held training workshops, and organized a statewide counting effort involving 43 Minnesota municipalities. Based on the overall results of the study, the research team developed recommendations for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and the initiative is moving forward on a broader scale.
Project partners were:
Two other projects received special recognition this year:
View a list of research projects that have previously received the Research Partnership Award.