268068 ICount, a took kit for community based documentation of bicycle and pedestrian environments and behaviors

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Helen Brown, RD, MPH , Movement Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Michael Lowry, PhD , College of Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow
Aaron Buckley, MS , Bioregional Planning and Community Design, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Grace Goc Karp, PhD , Movement Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Ellen Rouse , Movement Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
University of Idaho faculty in Movement Sciences and Civil Engineering partnered with the City of Moscow, Idaho to develop and implement “iCount”, a community based pedestrian and bicycle documentation project. Volunteer community members, University of Idaho students, youth, government officials, traffic engineers, public safety officers and public health practitioners collected counts at 29 different locations using criteria to address specific active travel questions and safety concerns. Strategic site selection also allowed for the count of all active travel modes to three schools. The counts included through travel, turning movements in intersections, helmet use and cyclists' sidewalk and street use. Travel modes included pedestrians, bicyclists, people using assisted travel devices, strollers, and skateboard users. Listening stations were strategically located to gather open ended feedback on environmental and safety concerns. Microsoft Excel data entry forms mimicking hard copy data forms were created to simplify data entry and analysis. Follow up community meetings discussed findings, challenges and plans for future counts. Results of “iCount” were incorporated into the City transportation plan and used to prioritize sidewalk, bike path and trail improvements. Unique “iCount” documentation tools and procedures, social marketing strategies and branding, volunteer training processes, and data collection, analysis and reporting methodologies were packaged in a user friendly tool kit and made available to communities documenting active travel. The session will introduce the “iCount” tool kit and offer guidance on tailoring “iCount” to meet community needs for useful bicycle and pedestrian data and increased active travel community engagement and support.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate pedestrian and and bicycle environments and behaviors using a the iCount took kit. Design pedestrian and bicycle documentation tools and methods to reflect unique community transportation needs. Describe the process of engaging community members in local transportation planning.

Keywords: Community Participation, Environment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have engaged in community based active travel planning, engagement and research for over five years. I have successfully led the City of Moscow Active Living Task Force of 75 community members in the development of a bicycle and pedestrian documentation process.I have over 25 years of public health experience leading community based health planning and promotion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.