CycleTracks for the Monterey Bay Area is a program to collect information from cyclists to better inform local governments on the needs of cyclists. The resulting information will be used to develop a tool to assist current and future efforts for bicycle planning in the Monterey Bay Area.
CycleTracks is a data collection instrument to gather information from bicyclists in order to develop a Bicycle Travel Demand Model for local governments to use. The Monterey Bay Area Regional Bicycle Travel Demand Model project analyzes bike counts, route data, inventories of existing bike facilities, and a survey of travel behavior to improve planning for bicyclists. Funding for the Bicycle Travel Demand Model is provided by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) through the AB 2766 Emission Reduction Grant Program. The Bicycle Travel Demand Model will assist the Air District and local planners in conducting benefit-cost analyses of bicycle projects while assisting AMBAG with meeting SB 375 mandated regional GHG targets.
The Bicycle Travel Demand Model project consists of two phases. The first phase, completed in March of 2013, consisted of data collection and model estimation and resulted in a standalone modeling tool. As AMBAG staff worked with stakeholders, bike modeling experts, and the consultant team, a number of enhancements to the tool surfaced, bringing about in a second phase to the project.
The second phase of the Bicycle Travel Demand Model development includes improved data collection through a web-based route mapping application, refinement of the modeling tool for consistency with the Regional Travel Demand Model (RTDM), and increasing the functionality of the modeling tool. The completed tool will be made available through AMBAG's website as a download for use by any interested parties. Phase two is scheduled to be completed in March 2015.