The rise in obesity and public health related costs due to lack of physical activity has increased an awareness for the need to provide safe and accessible walking and bicycling transportation choices.  Through smarter planning for active travel needs with policies that support the vision, communities can better meet the needs of all road users while improving local economies and increasing safety.  Key to improving bicycle and pedestrian transportation is the need to gather baseline data.  Volume data and existing or planned facilities data are two types of data programs for which ITRE can provide technical assistance in developing processes to collect, manage, and maintain data.  Training on pedestrian and bicycle planning, facilities design, complete streets, and safe walking and bicycling skills are some of the types of course ITRE offers.  ITRE also focuses on answering operations, safety, education, and policy research questions that directly meet needs of practitioners in the field.

Non-Motorized Volume Data Monitoring

ITRE has experience in using sound methods and technologies to collect data on walking and bicycling and the development of program tools and techniques to ensure quality data and warehousing to meet stakeholder needs. This includes the installation of short duration and continuous count equipment on sidewalks, roadways, and shared use paths. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about our capabilities in count program development and data analysis.

Trails Research

ITRE is experienced in the development of survey instruments and collection of data to characterize trails in meaningful ways. Depending on the desired outcomes of the research, these methods can be tailored to quantify the impact of shared use paths in regards to public health outcomes, economic contribution, and transportation impacts. Contact us if you are interested in assessing the value of your trails or trail networks.

Bike / Ped Research

Bicycle and Pedestrian Applied Research

ITRE is engaged in applied research that provides guidance to decision-making at the local, state and national level through establishing sound research methods, test procedures, analyzing data and developing reports. Recent studies include ideal ways to accommodate non-motorized modes on superstreets; guidance on the placement of rumble strips to allow for the accommodation of bicyclists on steep downhill grades; and guidance on how to evaluate pedestrian crossing requests to consider the right treatment option for the right location. Contact us to learn more about our unique research capabilities.

Bike / Ped Research

Geospatial Services

ITRE has background in collecting and aligning geospatial data to meet a variety of stakeholder needs, from statewide geodatabase development of key biking, walking, and shared use path facilities to data collection of shared use path assets for mapping and research purposes. Whatever your geospatial needs are, contact us to see if we can assist you.

Education and Training

ITRE is skilled at tailoring courses and developing content to meet a variety of instructional needs for practitioners and public audiences ranging from children through adults. Professional development courses such as pedestrian planning and design, bicycle planning and design, and designing for pedestrian accessibility are periodically offered through ITRE. We have developed and offered specialty courses, webinars, and videos geared toward law enforcement professionals, instructors who work with elementary aged children, and agencies interested in non-motorized traffic data monitoring. Contact us to see if we can meet your training needs.

Technical Services

ITRE can offer a variety of custom technical services depending on your needs, including surveys, stakeholder facilitation, and data analysis. The program has the distinction of a long-standing working partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation — one of the oldest comprehensive bike programs in the country – and has working relationships with stakeholders engaged in bicycling and walking programs across the state and beyond. Contact us to see if we can assist you with your unique needs.

Contact

Sarah O’Brien
Program Manager
919.515.8703 | skworth@ncsu.edu

 

Sarah Searcy
Research Assistant
919.513.3482 | sesearcy@ncsu.edu