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Measuring Success - Transportation


Healthy Transportation
Measuring Success


  • Identify SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic, Time-Bound) goals to accurately track and measure goals and deliverables, as well as effectively communicate and share the information with county/municipal agencies and stakeholders.        

Access & Mobility

  • Adopt new Transportation Performance Measures to replace current Level of Service metric and cover the quality of all modes of transportation, the non-mobility impacts of roadway design and social equity aspects. These could include public health, social equity, safety, real estate value, economic vitality (local retail success) and user enjoyment.
  • Performance measures related to equity (for example: increased % of females, older adults, and people of color who ride regularly), are included in Bicycle, Pedestrian, and joint Bicycle/Pedestrian master plans, or other major active transportation goals and policies.
  • Understanding travel patterns and identifying first and last mile gaps to improve pedestrian and biking connection to transit.
  • Measure reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that result from a decrease in vehicular use
  • Conduct walkability and/or bike connectivity audits.
  • Collect walking and bicycling data, bicycling counts, household travel surveys, etc.
  • Add a sidewalk/bike path condition inventory to existing pavement condition inventory.
  • Establish a walk/bike mode share goal and conduct a benchmarking study to measure progress.
  • Measure access increase in low-income and other vulnerable populations when planning for transportation related projects


  • Include a traffic analysis to determine the feasibility of a lane reduction, i.e. road diet.
  • Conduct counts at high collision locations and identify safety counter measures; implement safety improvements annually and prepare an annual report that summarizes any collision trends and “hot spot” collision locations. Use data to determine recommendations for safety improvements.
  • Routinely conduct pre/post evaluations of road projects and traffic-calming with respect to pedestrian crashes, volumes, and motor vehicle speeds.
  • Include evaluation criteria for project selection that includes safety, health, multi-modal, and congestion reduction aspects of the project.
  • Use tools such as checklists, health impact assessments, Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index (PEQI) to evaluate active transportation areas to identify problem and potential solutions.
  • Allocate funding for collision data collection resources.
  • Track and publish walking, biking, local crash, and safety data. Ensure data is accessible to communities.