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Bicycles/Pedestrians

Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

In 2002, MTC undertook a project to count bicycles and pedestrians at 100 locations in the Bay Area. Surveys were conducted at select locations and a standard methodology was developed to conduct intersection counts. The results of the counts and surveys were summarized in "Bicyclist and Pedestrian Data Collection and Analysis Project."

The “Handbook for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts” was developed which provided data entry forms and a guide on how to conduct counts by hand. Additional counts were conducted by MTC in 2003 and 2004.


MTC has been working to develop common standards to count bicyclists and pedestrians across the Bay Area, these standards can be used to compare bicycle and pedestrian activity across the country. The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project was developed by Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The project provides standardized forms and methods to count bicycles and pedestrians. All future counts conducted by MTC will use the methodology developed by this project.

Bicycle and pedestrian count locations

MTC has updated locations to count bicycles and pedestrians in each of the nine Bay Area counties. Each of the intersections can be found in the attached spreadsheet.