October 3, 2013
Information about the use of nonmotorized infrastructure such as bike lanes, trails, and sidewalks is needed for the planning and management of transportation systems. However, state and local transportation officials in Minnesota generally lack information about the use of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
This presentation summarized recent MnDOT-supported research in developing standard approaches for monitoring and modeling nonmotorized traffic in Minnesota. The presentation included summaries of counts taken manually and with automated counters, an assessment of the accuracy of continuous counters, the development of extrapolation factors for estimating annual average daily traffic, and modeling of traffic on streets, sidewalks, and off-street trails. Challenges in establishing a comprehensive monitoring program in Minnesota were also described.
Greg Lindsey is a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He specializes in environmental and transportation planning and management. His current research involves monitoring and modeling bicycle and pedestrian traffic and studying the relationships between the built environment and active transportation and physical activity.
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