The N.C. Department of Transportation 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. To learn more about any of these initiatives, contact the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Data
The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center has led the effort to collect more than 10 years of bicycle and pedestrian crash data and compile it into databases, reports and location information. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Division uses a crash data tool to provide details on that information in the form of maps, tables, geographic information system data and an interactive crash data map.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Network
NCDOT, along with North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education, is working to catalog bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the state. The project helps visualize both existing and proposed facilities and helps standardize data collection efforts. Visit the Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Network webpage on NCDOT's business partner website to learn more, submit data or download the geodatabase template.
Non-Motorized Traffic Monitoring Program (Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts)
In 2013, NCDOT and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education initiated a pilot program in the Triad and surrounding area to develop a systematic approach to counting pedestrian and cyclists. In late 2014, NCDOT and local governments installed equipment that uses electromagnetic bicycle detectors and passive infrared technology to count bicycle and pedestrian traffic at key locations in the region.
Economic Impacts of Bicycling and Walking Reports
NCDOT helped support N.C. State to study the usage and change in economic indicators on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham between 2013 and 2014.
N.C. State 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. It also conducted a 2006 study and recommended transportation improvements in the same region.