NERCRD Best Practices in Bike/Pedestrian Trail Data and Monitoring

In 2020 colleagues at the University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, and University of Minnesota partnered on a multi-state grant to share successes and learning from trail and non-motorized traffic monitoring initiatives, including the Connecticut Trail Census, the New Hampshire Trail Finder and the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative led by Dr. Greg Lindsey, a nationally-recognized scholar in the area of active transportation and research.  The project will involve monthly meetings of team members with recorded webinar presentations, a face to face Bike/Pedestrian Data Colloquium, publication of colloquium proceedings, identification of research agenda items, implementation of three pilot data collection sites, and development of a collegial network. 

Informational Sheets

An Introduction to Monitoring and Modeling Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic Learning from Minnesota

Establishing Baseline Data for Trail Use and Maintenance Examples from Connecticut

Learning from Vermont’s Park Bike and Pedestrian Non-motorized Count Programs

Using Data and Engagement to Capitalize on Multi-Use Trails Examples from New Hampshire


Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted here

July 8, 2021

  • Zoom recording Stay tuned!

June 9, 2021

August 5, 1:30 pm
Featured presenters from New Hampshire, Emma Tutein and Shannon Rogers

June 3 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Featured presenters from Vermont, Jon Kaplan & Jessica Savage

    May 6, 2020 1:30- 3:00 pm
    Featured presenters from Connecticut: Charles Tracy, Bill Champagne and Marlon Pena

    April 2, 2020 1:30- 3:00 pm
    Featured Presenter- Dr. Greg Lindsey, University of Minnesota

    Team Members and Participants:

    Laura Brown, University of Connecticut
    Charles Tracy, University of Connecticut
    Dr. Sohyun Park, University of Connecticut
    Dr. Sungmin Lee, University of Connecticut
    Ryan Faulkner, University of Connecticut
    Dr. Anita Morzillo, University of Connecticut
    Melany Zimiesky- CT Department of Transportation
    Marlon Penya CT Department of Transportation
    Bill Champagne CT Department of Transportation
    Laurie Giannotti- CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

    New Hampshire: Dr. Shannon Rogers, University of New Hampshire; Dr. Charlie French, University of New Hampshire; Emma Tutein, University of New Hampshire;

    Minnesota: Greg Lindsey, University of Minnesota;

    Vermont: Dr. Lisa Chase, University of Vermont, John Kaplan Vermont Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, Jessica Savage Vermont Forests Parks and Recreation Recreation Program Manager


    Communities across the country are capitalizing on trails to stimulate the local economy, improve community connectivity, engagement, and quality of life.  Many trail corridors are also becoming hotspots for investment and communities want to understand how to best capitalize on these amenities. This proposal builds on learning from the NERCRD Grant Downtowns and Trails Program Assessment and will involve 1) sharing and documenting best practices in data collection and monitoring in northeast states 2) providing a colloquium style forum for integrating learning from academics and practitioners 3) establishing  a peer network of colleagues interested in ongoing collaboration.