The N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation works closely with North Carolina universities to research and collect data related to bicycle and pedestrian transportation.
These efforts help guide decision-making, support planning processes and inform stakeholders.
Some of the recent research, data projects and reports most relevant to North Carolinians are detailed below. For more information about any of these initiatives, contact the Divisions of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Crash Data
The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center has led the effort to collect several 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 detailed information in the form of maps, tables, geographic information system data and an interactive crash data map.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Infrastructure Network
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Division, along with the North Carolina State University Institute for Transportation Research and Education, developed a working database of 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 & Bicycle Counts)
In 2013, NCDOT and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education initiated a pilot program to develop a systematic approach to counting pedestrian and cyclists. Since late 2014, NCDOT and local governments have installed equipment that uses electromagnetic bicycle detectors and infrared technology to count bicycle and pedestrian traffic at key locations in several regions in the state.
Economic Impacts of Bicycling
& Walking Reports
In 2015, NCDOT and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education commenced a study to evaluate the economic impact of shared use paths. The project will result in the ability to evaluate the economic contributions of shared use paths throughout the state.
From 2013 to 2014, NCDOT helped support North Carolina State University in a report on the behavioral changes and economic impacts resulting from the completion of the American Tobacco Trail across I-40 in Durham.
N.C. State also produced a 2004 study that considered the economic impacts of building infrastructure for bicycling and walking in the northern sections of the Outer Banks.