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NaTMEC: Getting at Pedestrian and Bicyclist Exposure from Three Different Approaches

This webinar is being presented as part of a series partnership with the National Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference, or NaTMEC. NaTMEC was created to provide travel monitoring professionals and transportation data users from around the world opportunities to share knowledge and good practices, exchange ideas, revisit fundamental concepts, learn new processes, procedures and techniques, and see the latest advancements in policy, technology, and equipment. In lieu of an in-person conference in 2020, NaTMEC is moving to a virtual format to be held June 21-25, 2021. Check natmec-dot-org for more information as it becomes available.

Webinar Description:
Bicycle and pedestrian exposure data are needed to help contextual crash data and determine crash rates. Without the crash rate based on reliable exposure data, it is difficult to understand and accurately determine if crash increases are due to more people on the road or other factors. The first presentation summarizes efforts to launch a statewide pedestrian and bicyclist monitoring program at Texas DOT and provides a foundation for one approach to institutionalize the collection of these exposure data. The second presentation exemplifies how big data can be used to create an exposure map of bicyclists in San Francisco and showed that the number of crashes and the number of people bicycling is needed to understand which corridors actually have higher risk through crash rates. Finally, a unique type of pedestrian exposure is described through data collection efforts to determine the extent of pedestrian trespassing events along railways in North Carolina.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with different program strategies and elements used to implement a statewide pedestrian and bicyclist monitoring program.
  • Understand how location-based service apps combined with machine learning can differentiate transportation modes to identify bicycling activity.
  • Recognize how estimating the universe of pedestrian trespassing along railroads provides a more complete picture of exposure than the limited strike data available through the Federal Railroad Administration that only represents crash events.
  • Shawn Turner, Senior Research Engineer |  Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Sean Co, Director of Special Projects | Streetlight Data
  • Sarah Searcy, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager | Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE)
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