NCDOT works closely with state universities on research and data collection related to bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Some of the recent research, data projects and reports most relevant to North Carolinians are detailed below.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Data

More than 10 years of bicycle and pedestrian crash data collected throughout North Carolina has been compiled into databases, reports and location information. The Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the lead research group for this project. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Division has a Crash Data Tool to provide details on the information collected, including maps, tables and geographic information system (GIS) data in North Carolina between 2008 and 2012. Visit Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Data Map for an interactive map of the crash data.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Network

NCDOT, along with Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE), is working to catalog bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout North Carolina. The project helps visualize both existing and proposed facilities, and helps standardize data collection efforts. Visit to learn more, submit data and download the geodatabase template.

Non-Motorized Traffic Monitoring Program (Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts)

In 2013, NCDOT initiated a pilot program in Divisions 7 and 9 to develop a systematic approach to counting pedestrian and cyclists. Permanent counters were installed in late 2014, and initial data will be analyzed and posted in late 2015. NCDOT and local governments installed equipment that uses electromagnetic bicycle detectors and passive infrared technology to count pedestrians at key locations in the region. North Carolina State University’s Institute of Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) is the lead research group for this project. Contact us to learn more.

Economic Impacts of Bicycling and Walking Reports

NCDOT helped support N.C. State University to study the usage and change in economic indicators on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, North Carolina between 2013 and 2014. Read the results of this study.

N.C. State University also produced a 2004 study that considered the economic returns of creating infrastructure for bicycling and walking in the northern sections of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina.