Evaluation of Walk and Bicycle Demand Modeling Practice

Published in: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2019)

Posted on RAND.org on May 16, 2019

by Mark Bradley, Charlene Rohr, James Fox, Julian Glenesk

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The purpose of this project is to evaluate the current state of research and practice in regional pedestrian and bicycle demand modeling for both commute and noncommute trips by regional metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and state departments of transportation (DOTs) across the United States (US). The overall state-of-the-practice is surveyed and summarized, then compared to the state-of-the-art, as determined from recent academic literature and the most advanced recent or ongoing agency modeling projects. Gaps between common practice and the more advanced approaches are identified and communicated to practitioners, with an emphasis on what will be needed for agencies to address those gaps, in terms of data, expertise, and resources.

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