Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development: A Guidebook

  • Author: Christopher W. Jenks, Christopher Hedges, Nanda S. Srinivasan, Charlotte Thomas, Eileen P. Delaney, Hilary Freer
  • Source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Date: 01/01/2014

"This guidebook contains methods and tools for practitioners to estimate bicycling and walking demand as part of regional-, corridor-, or project-level analyses. The methods are sensitive to key planning factors, including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, land use and urban design, topography, and sociodemographic characteristics. The planning tools presented in this guidebook include some entirely new methods as well as some existing methods found to have useful properties for particular applications. The tools take advantage of existing data and the capabilities present in GIS methods to create realistic measures of accessibility which are a critical determinant of bicycle, pedestrian, and even transit mode choice. The guidebook should be of considerable value to transportation practitioners either directly interested in forecasting bicycling or walking activity levels or accounting for the impact of bicycle or pedestrian activity in support of broader transportation and land use planning issues."

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