PPACG, in cooperation with the City of Colorado Springs, is sponsoring a Fall 2011 volunteer-based traffic count program to record bicycle and pedestrian traffic on trails and bicycle lanes around the region. The data collected helps to quantify the level of usage of the community’s bicycle and pedestrian transportation facilities. This data can be used to estimate existing use as well as future demand on these facilities. It can also help identify and prioritize project needs and the limited resources available to implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
The first traffic count was completed in September 2010, the second was completed in May 2011, and the third was completed in July 2011.
►To volunteer for the Fall 2011 count, click here.
During the development of PPACG's 2035 Regional Long Range Transportation Plan, an extensive public involvement process was conducted. The feedback received during that process clearly showed that residents throughout the Pikes Peak region are looking for alternatives to driving, especially bicycling and walking options. The current lack of choices to driving was identified as one of the top three transportation issues in the region.
High-quality bicycling and walking transportation networks have the potential to provide more options for those who choose to leave their car at home or cannot operate a motorized vehicle. Additional trails, bicycle lanes and sidewalks; improved facility connectivity; and end-of-trip facilities could make it more realistic for people to bicycle and walk, which can lead to other benefits like improved environmental quality, public health, and reduced congestion.
As more bicycle and pedestrian transportation improvement projects compete for limited funding resources, documentation of the usage of the region’s bicycling and walking networks is more and more important. Communities need to be able to identify the tangible benefits of proposed improvements (for example, what daily pollution emissions can be expected) when applying for project funding. Yet it is hard to quantify the benefits of new trails, bicycle lanes or sidewalks without knowing the current traffic on the facilities we already have. This volunteer-driven project will help provide needed travel data to answer some of those questions.
The traffic data collected will also be shared with the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, which is sponsored by Alta Planning + Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. This nationwide effort provides a consistent model of data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals. For information on the National Documentation Project, please visit their web site at http://bikepeddocumentation.org.