Active Transportation Counts

The ATRC is spearheading the efforts to guide the collection of user counts for active transportation projects.

Interim Count Guidance

The ATP requires bike and pedestrian user counts as the project evaluation metric. The Interim Count Methodology Guidance is intended to instruct awardees on how to do counts to meet the minimum expectations for the evaluation requirements of the ATP, until a final Statewide Count Guidance is developed.

Interim Count Methodology Guidance


Flash Training on the Interim Count Guidance

To borrow an automated counter, view the Automated Counter Loan Program

Statewide Count Guidance and Database Project

Caltrans ATRC is working with UC Berkeley SafeTREC to develop a consistent, statewide active transportation count methodology and to transfer, expand and enhance the existing Southern California Association of Governments' regional active transportation database to include a userbase of the entire State of California.

Check out the SATDB fact sheet for more information


To improve active transportation data collection by setting statewide methodologies for counting and storing volumes of active transportation users.


  • Meet the data collection and reporting needs of the Active Transportation Program
  • Establish statewide consistencies for data collection and reporting
  • Encourage MPOs and local agencies to utilize these methods and tools established
  • Streamline the ongoing and future data collection efforts across California



Statewide Active Transportation Count Guidance:

  • Develop a standardized guidance for collecting bicycle and pedestrian count data across the state (to replace the Interim Count Guidance for ATP).
  • The guidance will include counting methodologies for both manual and automated counts and will include methodology to determine project level counts specific for ATP projects.

Statewide Active Transportation Database(SATDB):

  • Develop a GIS based database as a one-stop repository for statewide active transportation count data
  • Database features will allow users to easily upload, view, query, quality check, map, analyze, and download bicycle and pedestrian count data.
  • Manual and automated counter formats will be able to upload into the database