Reliable data is critical to obtain support for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. In this course, participants will learn why data collection on bicycle and pedestrian travel is important and how to use data to gain political and funding support for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The course will review existing data sources and reasons for collecting data, and overview of methods and technologies commonly used for counts and surveys. Logistical considerations, including location selection, costs and how to set up and maintain a data collection program will be covered. Field exercises will help participants understand the realities of data collection and potential pitfalls to avoid.
Mia Birk is a principal with Alta Planning + Design with 17 years of experience in bicycle, pedestrian, trail and greenway planning, design and implementation. She was the Portland Bicycle Program Manager from 1993 -1999, and serves as adjunct faculty at Portland State University where she teaches bicycle and pedestrian planning and design for graduate students in urban planning.
Bob Schneider is a researcher at the UC-Berkeley Traffic Safety Research Center and Ph.D. Candidate in the UC-Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning. He has published research on pedestrian and bicycle data collection, demand analysis, and safety, and has served as the Chair of the TRB Pedestrian Committee's Research Subcommittee since 2005. Bob gained practical experience in pedestrian and bicycle planning through his work with Toole Design Group from 2001-2007.
This course is sponsored by the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (ibpi) and Alta Planning + Design. The IBPI's purpose is to enhance policies, programs, and projects that promote pedestrian and bicycle travel through research, education, and outreach.
The fee for this professional development course is $295. This includes morning coffee, snacks, lunch, and course materials. The fee does not include travel, lodging, or other meals while in Portland. To register for the program please use this form fax or mail it in to IBPI. Registration deadline is February 11, 2009.
For more information, contact the IBPI at 503-725-4024.