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Monitoring bicycles and pedestrians in Minnesota.

In 2011, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) launched the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative, a statewide, collaborative effort to encourage and support the monitoring of nonmotorized traffic. MnDOT recently released a report summarizing the work of the department and the University of Minnesota between 2014 and 2016 to institutionalize bicycle and pedestrian monitoring.

The project team established a new statewide network with 25 permanent observation locations and a new district-based loan program for portable counting equipment. Other key accomplishments include a new MnDOT Web site for reporting annual and short-duration counts and a Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual that local jurisdictions and consultants can use to design automated and manual programs to monitor nonmotorized traffic. The project team also established new annual training programs and called for creation of performance measures based on bicycle and pedestrian traffic counts.

MnDOT and several local agencies now have plans and procedures in place to monitor bicycle and pedestrian travel in select jurisdictions and will share progress and innovations in their monitoring efforts.

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Caption: Minnesota is working to institutionalize pedestrian and bicycle monitoring throughout the State.

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Title Annotation:Public Information and Information Exchange
Publication:Public Roads
Geographic Code:1U4MN
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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