The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan identified the need to track Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s support of walking and biking. Kittelson was tasked with developing near-term measures—performance measures that can be implemented using existing data sources in the near-term—as well as future measures for which data is not currently available.
Our project team focused on recommending measures that are easy to understand, relevant, meaningful, and feasible. We created a methodology for implementing the near-term measures and identified general steps for collecting the data necessary to support the future measures. To support this development, Kittelson performed extensive stakeholder outreach, including performing interviews of other state Departments of Transportation and local agency partners like counties and metropolitan planning organizations, and holding regular technical advisory committee meetings to receive input from internal ODOT stakeholders.
A Methodology for Measuring Oregon’s Walking and Biking Systems
The final project deliverables included a report and implementation framework documenting:
- A new recommended Key Performance Measure to be reported to the legislature;
- A set of programmatic performance measures;
- Detailed methodology for calculating each near-term performance measure and custom GIS tool for automated annual reporting;
- Baseline performance and proposed targets for each measure;
- Strategy and steps for collecting data to support each future performance measure, including guidance for developing a pedestrian and bicycle count data program statewide.