Harrisonburg and Rockingham County uses the "National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project" methods to count bicyclists and pedestrians once per year throughout our area. Although this effort is led by city and county staff, it would not be possible without the many community volunteers who help during the month of September to count at various locations for two-hour periods.
These counts will help Harrisonburg and Rockingham County measure changes in the number of people biking and walking, and whether improvements are needed or should be prioritized at the count sites. The local counts will also become part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project's national database of biking and walking trends.
2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count
In 2015, we had 45 volunteers counting at 27 sites during 41 time periods. Each time period was for 2-hours.
[3MB] Map of Count Locations
[38KB] 2015 Raw Count Data
[16KB] 2015 vs. 2014 comparison
2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Results
In 2014, we had 38 volunteers counting at 36 sites. We did not have as many volunteers this year as last year. Each time period was for 2-hours.
[3MB] Map of Count Locations
[37KB] 2014 Raw Count Data
[16KB] 2014 vs. 2013 comparison
2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Results
In 2013, we had 67 volunteers counting at 26 sites and 51 time periods (most sites got counted for two time periods each).
[664KB] Map of Count Locations
[16KB] 2013 Raw Count Data
[16KB] 2012 vs. 2013 comparison * Note: Only 16 sites had data for both 2012 and 2013, and were comparable. Also, percentages of change are very high in some instances because the numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists counted were low.
2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Results
In 2012, we had 21 volunteers counting at 18 sites and 27 time periods.
[28KB] 2012 Raw Count Data
Questions? Contact Zach Nagourney at Zachary.Nagourney@harrisonburgva.gov or Rhonda Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project:
One of the greatest challenges facing the bicycle and pedestrian field is the lack of documentation on usage and demand. Without accurate and consistent demand and usage figures, it is difficult to measure the positive benefits of investments in these modes, especially when compared to the other transportation modes such as the private automobile. An answer to this need for data is the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, co-sponsored by and Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. This nationwide effort provides consistent model of data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals.
Go to the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project website for information about the methodology, data collection instructions, and more!