The ITRE Bicycle and Pedestrian group is assisting the North Carolina Department of Transportation in the establishment of a statewide bicycle and pedestrian count program. ITRE, NCDOT, and local agencies are working in partnership to install and monitor continuous bicycle and pedestrian count systems on sidewalks, roadways, and shared use paths across the state. This program will evaluate facility usage over time, inform the project prioritization process, provide quantifiable evidence to support multi-modal Complete Streets policies, and improve municipal and regional active transportation planning. The program’s resultant datasets can be used in planning tools to measure existing trends and model future non-motorized projections at the site, corridor, and regional levels.


2014-2015: Phase I, Pilot

The pilot phase of the NC Non-Motorized Volume Data Program was conducted in NCDOT Divisions 7 and 9 (the Piedmont Triad region) to test a bicycle and pedestrian count protocol and replicate the methodology across the state.  Twelve continuous count stations began monitoring bicyclist and pedestrian travel in late 2014. These stations cover a mix of sites across different land uses, travel patterns, and volume groups.  Detailed technical information can be found in the Phase I Final Report and Appendices. The following programmatic elements were piloted:

  • Agency Coordination
  • Site Selection and Procurement
  • Equipment Installation and Onboarding
  • Equipment Validation
  • Data Handling, Monitoring and Management
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Data Reporting


Documentation and Datasets


2015-2016: Phase II, Expansion

Phase II of the project started in 2015 with expansion to NCDOT Divisions 4, 5, 8 and 10. Two additional shared use path sites in Brevard and Duck were installed in 2015 and continuous count stations were installed on roadways, sidewalks, and shared use path in Charlotte in 2016.


Documentation and Datasets


2016-2017: Phase II Continues

Phase II of the project started in 2015 and continued through 2017 with installations in NCDOT Divisions 4, 5, 8, and 10. Supplier issues resulted in lost data and the need to replace some systems. Stations where significant data was lost (greater than 90 days) are noted in the data report.

Documentation and Datasets


Additional Program Resources


Maintaining and Contributing to NC’s Non-Motorized Volume Data Program

ITRE conducted a customized 1-Day workshop in bicycle and pedestrian counting prior to the kickoff of Phase II. This workshop was tailored to engage NCDOT Divisions 4, 5, 8 and 10 prior to initiating a regional site selection process. Staff from local and regional agencies within these Divisions were invited to attend the full day workshop. (6.5 PDH Credits)

The course was developed to give planners, engineers, and transportation professionals a solid foundation for maintaining and contributing to a non-motorized counting program being undertaken in North Carolina. The following topics were covered:

  • Introduction to the NC Program
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Volume Data Fundamentals
  • Non-Motorized Counting Equipment and Installation
  • Data Needs and Uses
  • Site Selection Methods
  • Data Management and Reporting

The course included field visits to examine potential counting sites to inform participants on the basics of the site selection process.