Development of an Analytical Framework to Rank Pedestrian and Cyclist Projects

Worsening traffic congestion and air pollution, rising road maintenance and construction costs, and escalating health risks from obesity to cardiovascular disease are among major motives triggering the attention of transportation authorities to walking and cycling. Increasing local demands to improve pedestrian/cyclist facilities place a burden on public authorities to balance limited resources with increasing demand. Fund scarcity is the major impediment to satisfy a high demand received from communities in all levels particularly from urban and suburban communities to improve cyclist and pedestrian facilities. To allocate funds to the most worthy and deserving projects, many standards, and procedures are followed by public agencies (nationally and globally) to prioritize projects for funding. Review of practices nationwide has shown that no acceptable standard follows by States and local governments and each state or even county has developed their own methodology to score and rank projects. To facilitate decision makers in prioritizing improvement projects, this study developed a ranking methodology and measurement technique to score each improvement project recommended to lessen the deficiencies of pedestrian/cyclist facility. The study delineates seven determinants to measure the effectiveness of each proposed project and rank them for funding.  For more information, contact Nadereh Moini PhD, PE.

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