Active Transportation Performance Measures

Planning and designing for pedestrians and bicyclists increasingly requires performance measures to help prioritize projects, evaluate appropriate facility types, and track project progress over time. Today, limited varied guidance is available at a local and national level on what active transportation measures to use and how and when to apply them. In a field where data collection for vehicles is robust and often required, walking and bicycling are underrepresented.

Dana Weissman (San Francisco office), Mollie Pelon (Oakland office), and Carly Sieff (Denver office) of Fehr & Peers, have created an Active Transportation Performance Measures Guide which provides information on why active transportation performance measures are important, when to apply them, how to identify what measures to use and how to evaluate them, and case study applications. The document is organized by eight identified categories, or goals, which collectively describe the comprehensive set of identified performance measures. The Guide provides an easy to digest approach to determining the most relevant and valuable performance measures for biking and walking based on plan type and category. It also provides guidance on common accurate methods of evaluation as well as recommended sources for data collection.