Putting Active Transportation Performance Measures into Practice

Key takeaway:

  • Performance measures directed toward bicycle and pedestrian travel modes are key for evaluating and advocating for active transportation infrastructure and programs.


  • A performance measure is the lens for assessment of an overarching goal, and the performance measure can be evaluated with a specific metric.
  • The authors identify eight categories for active transportation performance measures: health and safety, multimodal, equity, education, access, infrastructure, economic development, and placemaking.
  • Transportation planners and engineers can use performance measures to track success and communicate results with funders and political leaders about a variety of projects within municipal and county jurisdictions, including master plans, safety studies, and Safe Routes to School programs.


  • This article provides a general review of the importance of performance measures for active transportation and how to apply them. The article references the Fehr & Peers’ Active Transportation Performance Measures Guide.


Seiff, C., & Weissman, D. (2016). Putting Active Transportation Performance Measures into Practice. ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers), 86 (3), 28-33.

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