One of the greatest challenges facing the bicycle and pedestrian field is the lack of documentation on how many people are cycling and walking and what the demand for cycling and walking would be in various circumstances. Without accurate and consistent figures, it is difficult to measure the positive benefits of bicycle and pedestrian investments, especially when compared to other types of transportation such as the private automobile. To address this shortcoming, MORPC has conducted bicycle and pedestrian counts twice annually since 2005. The next volunteer count will take place in May 2017. To view count locations, please click here

MORPC will organize volunteers to tally pedestrians, bicyclists, mobility aid users, and other non-motor-vehicle traffic at various locations in Central Ohio. There will be two count periods, a morning peak-hour count (7:00– 9:00am) and an off-peak midday count (11:00am—1:00pm). The data collection serves the goals of MORPC’s Complete Streets Policy as well as the recommendations of the USDOT’s policy statement on bicycle and pedestrian accommodation.

MORPC's pedestrian and bicycle counts are part of a broader initiative known as the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. This project was developed by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council and proposes the following objectives: (1) Establish a consistent national approach to counting and surveying bicycle and pedestrian traffic; (2) Establish a national database of bicycle and pedestrian count information; (3) Use the count and survey information to begin analysis on the correlations between various factors and bicycle and pedestrian activity.

MORPC has automatic bicycle and pedestrian counters that can be loaned to our members for projects. For more information please visit our Complete Streets toolkit equipment page.

For more information contact Bryan Townley at 614.233.4128 or btownley@morpc.org.