WalkBike Worcester: Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Program

Welcome! During our interactive qualifying project we worked in collaboration with WalkBike Worcester to recommend how Worcester could establish a sustainable bicycle and pedestrian counting program. We focused specifically on using the Local Access Score as a tool to select the counting locations for this program.

Executive Summary            Final Report


Project Sponsor: WalkBike Worcester  

WalkBike Worcester (WBW) works to make walking and bicycling in Worcester more safe, pleasant and convenient. WBW was founded in 2011 as a work group of the Worcester Food and Active Living Policy Council to carry forward the active transportation priorities identified through the City of Worcester’s Mass in Motion grant. Check out their website here.

Student Researchers

Our IQP team is comprised of (left to right): Kamyar Sajjadi, Jacob Mikolajczyk, Joseph Atchue, and Brady Snowden.

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Our Project

The goal of this project was to develop a recommendation for adaptation of the Local Access Score tool to establish a sustainable bicycle and pedestrian counting program for the City of Worcester. A counting program is needed to gather enough data about pedestrian and bicycle traffic so the city is able to make better planning decisions.

Objectives

The four objectives to achieve this goal were:

  • Determine Worcester’s current capacity and obstacles faced in establishing a sustainable counting program;
  • Determine how optimal counting locations can be selected using the Local Access Score;
  • Determine the procedure for completing bicycle and pedestrian counts;
  • Verify devised procedures’ effectiveness and replicability by a third party.