Pedestrian Planning

A common transportation planning adage is that every trip is a pedestrian trip, including trips by car, which begin and end on foot. As a result, pedestrian planning and the consideration of pedestrian needs are integral elements of nearly all of DVRPC’s planning activities. DVRPC’s role is to encourage context-sensitive pedestrian accommodations throughout the region as part of a complete streets policy framework. Complete streets are those that accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and cars, and allow us to maximize regional transportation choices and mobility. DVRPC supports local pedestrian planning efforts through data collection, specific planning projects, and the identification of emerging best practices that may be appropriate for our region.


  • Planning Tools

    To support effective bicycle planning, DVRPC develops planning tools to understand more about what is happening in the region and how to plan for the future. To support effective pedestrian planning, DVRPC develops planning tools to understand more about what is happening in the region and how to plan for the future. The tools on this page display DVRPC’s ongoing program to collect pedestrian and bicycle counts on roadways and trails throughout the region using infrared equipment. Thanks to generous support from the William Penn Foundation, DVRPC has established a permanent counting program at locations along Circuit Trails around the region.

    DVRPC Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts
    DVRPC Permanent Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts
  • Recent Publications

    DVRPC routinely conducts a number of pedestrian access and planning specific studies. Listed here are the most recent publications. These products are available through our Resource Center at 215-592-1800 or via email at public_affairs@dvrpc.org.

  • Programs

    DVRPC provides technical assistance and guidance to local governments on a wide range of topics. Below is a list of those programs.

    • Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Programs

      To support effective pedestrian planning, DVRPC has an ongoing program to collect pedestrian counts on roadways and trails throughout the region using infrared equipment.


    • Regional Safety Task Force (RSTF)

      The Regional Safety Task Force brings together a multi-disciplinary group of professionals to identify safety goals, strategies and resources. The focus of the Task Force is diverse, multidisciplinary (engineering, education, enforcement, emergency services, legislation and funding) and multimodal (automobile, truck, transit, bicycle, foot and train). The Task Force plays a significant role in the development of the Regional Safety Action Plan.


    • Safe Routes to Transit (SRTT)

      This technical assistance program matches eligible municipalities and counties with DVRPC staff to navigate the often-complex process of designing and funding pedestrian and bicycle improvements around rail stations.

  • Resources
    • NJDOT New Jersey Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Toolbox 2014

      New Jersey guidance about Complete Streets and safety.


    • Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Policies, Practices, and Ordinances

      This report provides information about recommended practices and ordinances that enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety and accommodations. Encouragement and safety campaigns are also highlighted.


    • Transportation Alternatives

      Transportation Alternatives (TA) is Federal highway and transit funds set-aside under the Surface Transportation Program (STP) for community-based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal transportation system. This funding category has historically funded many pedestrian- and bicycle-supportive projects such as streetscape improvements, and is affirmed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).