CHALLENGE: Pedestrian and Bicycle trip counts citywide
The City is seeking a better method for counting the number of people walking and bicycling city-wide.
Goals and Outcomes
To be successful, a solution will: (need to have)
A recommendation that identifies the best approach for collecting bicycle and pedestrian trip data citywide in terms of the technology and scale (neighborhood, intersection, corridor) level
Plan for addressing privacy concerns
Recommendation should result in easy access to data to analysis it and synthesize with other data sets
An ideal solution will: (nice to have)
Pilot recommended technology to count pedestrians and bicyclists at the bike lane, sidewalk, intersection level (network) and citywide scale (ideal scale). The pedestrian scale should be able to count at crowded intersections, differentiate between wheelchair users, people with strollers, etc.
Be able to tie into other data sets (crash data, other traffic data)
Normalize bicycle and pedestrian data to develop measures, such as exposure and risk analysis, overall growth in walking and biking trips, locations with high frequencies of walking trips, be able to measure the benefit of projects before/ after
Inform policy and projects with actual count data for pedestrian and bicycle volumes
City of Kirkland, WA
Kirkland is a city in the Puget Sound region of western Washington. The City is located in Seattle’s greater suburban area on the shores of Lake Washington. In 2020, at over 93,000 population, Kirkland thirteenth largest in the state of Washington. Kirkland has long been a regional commerce center as well as a popular destination for recreation, entertainment, and the arts. High technology companies have also laid roots and several neighborhoods are experiencing significant growth.
We collect counts at signalized intersections twice a year and have three counters on the Cross Kirkland Corridor trail but more frequent counts at more locations are needed citywide. Also, the signalized count data comes in pdf reports and is not easily synthesized. The city is launching a Smart Cities initiative which ties into this well and is also beginning the process to update the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) as part of the Comprehensive Plan update. One goal for the TMP is to update concurrency requirements and identify a multimodal level of service process that is not focused solely on vehicles. Pedestrian and bicycle volume data is critical for this to work.
Public Works Director
Those wishing to submit a solution to the challenge, should send a brief, plain-language response to how you can solve the challenge along with any relevant attachments to email@example.com,
Submitted proposals will be reviewed as they were sent by the relevant points of contact for the submitting local government. One of more of these solutions may be chosen to provide a demo.