To support effective bicycle and pedestrian planning
in the region, NCTCOG is collecting data on bicycle and pedestrian facility usage throughout the region. Data about actual non-motorized travel volumes helps:
- Inform the public and decision makers about
actual usage and travel patterns
- Analyze trends
- Evaluate the impacts of specific projects
(before and after) with mobile counts
For more information about NCTCOG's bicycle and pedestrian traffic monitoring program, please click on the expandable blue bars below:
How will we count?
- Permanently installed equipment on shared use paths will provide
- Continuous 24/7 count information for both bicycles and pedestrians.
- Mobile count equipment
- Shared use paths (bicycles and pedestrians) – minimum two-week duration
- On-Street (bicycles only) – minimum two-week duration
- Sidewalks (pedestrian only) - minimum two-week duration
Where do counts occur?
- NCTCOG and several jurisdictions have installed permanent equipment in the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Plano. In addition, short-term counts are occasionally collected as requested by partnering cities.
- Regionally significant locations and corridors (e.g. those that cross multiple jurisdictions, connect with major employment centers, education and transit facilities, etc.) that are used for transportation purposes.
- A range of urban core and suburban locations:
- Regional Veloweb shared use paths/sidepaths (not including park “loop” recreation paths)
- On-Street facilities (e.g. bike lanes and cycle tracks) – could include before and after improvement counts
Why collect active transportation traffic data?
- To address Mobility 2035 performance measures in active transportation
- To obtain new baseline data for purposes of updating Air Quality calculations used for measuring benefits of bicycle and pedestrian facilities
- To provide the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), other elected officials, and local jurisdictions with more informed data related to non-motorized travel volumes and routes in the region
- To establish regional count/data collection procedures and practices for consistent application by
local jurisdictions/count programs throughout the region
- To serve as the regional clearinghouse for multi-modal user count data
- To support local jurisdictions in establishing and maintaining local count programs
- To establish a baseline of continuous count data in targeted regionally significant locations/corridors that are supplemented by local count programs
- To identify non-motorized commuting patterns
- To initiate non-motorized travel data collection that could be integrated with regional travel models in the future
Presentations and Media Coverage
Presentation to the Regional Transportation Council - July 10, 2014 (Item12 - Video)
Presentation to the Surface Transportation Technical Committee - May 23, 2014
Dallas Morning News: Biking Data Could Inform City Planning - July 20, 2014
Research and Best Practices
NCTCOG received technical assistance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the Volpe Center to host a two-day peer exchange. The exchange included researchers and national representatives of active programs in geographically large and diverse regions. Full Report Here
NCTCOG is participating with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) in a nationwide data collection effort for the Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform (T-MAP). T-MAP is a three-year initiative by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to develop a set of methodologies and analytical tools to help local communities plan for urban trails. By participating in T-MAP, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy purchased and donated two permanent counters, which were installed in Fort Worth along the Trinity Trail System maintained by the Tarrant Regional Water District. As RTC performs future research and analysis, NCTCOG will be able to implement the methodologies and analysis tools for active transportation planning. For more information about the Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform, please visit RTC’s T-MAP project web page
For more information please contact Kevin Kokes at email@example.com or (817) 695-9275.