It is vital that authorities establish a programme of active travel monitoring, which will establish a baseline and changes will be measured from that.
This will inform priorities and help make the case for continued investment, show where further investment is needed and provide data for the planning and design of networks and facilities.
As part of the development of individual improvement schemes, monitoring should be considered from the outset and should be built into all projects. How the success of any improvements will be monitored will need to be considered prior to commencing work.
Monitoring and evaluation of walking and cycling (draft), Sustrans Design Manual Chapter 16, 2014 (1.3MB pdf)
Our guidance provides information on:
- Why monitor?
- How to approach data gathering.
- Data gathering tools available.
- Analysing the data.
- Expressing usage and impact.
Sustrans' Research and Monitoring Unit has pioneered the development of monitoring and evaluation techniques for sustainable and active modes of transport.
We monitor and evaluate outcomes and assess the impacts of our work, and we evaluate the interventions of partners and clients across the UK. We also undertake research and evaluation collaborations with consultant and academic groups.
Other external guidance:
- Department for Transport, Monitoring and Evaluation Programme
- Transport Research Laboratory publishes many reports every year based on their research, with many looking at sustainable transport.