Authors Mike Spack, Max Moreland and Nate Hood have done more than 5,000 counts since 2001. They’ve learned a lot in the past decade about counting cars, mostly through trial and error, but also from chatting with other data collection folks around the country.
This eBook lays out the authors’ best practices for data collection – from bidding jobs, to organizing field personnel, to delivering the data. No academics involved. This is a document by data collectors for data collectors.
There’s a lot of overlap in the process for collecting different types of data. To keep things simple, the eBook is organized this eBook into the following sections:
- Types of Data Collection
- Location and Time Selection
- Office Preparation
- Data Processing
- Quality Check
- Testing Equipment
- Data Collection Equipment Brands
Bonus Materials: Also included with the Traffic Counting Manual are field tested templates of checklists and forms as well as sample output reports from different traffic counting software.
Mike Spack, PE, PTOE is the founder and president of Spack Consulting, Traffic Data Inc, and CountingCars.com. He’s prepared traffic studies for projects ranging from 5,000 acres in size down to a few townhomes. Mike’s led more than a thousand traffic engineering projects in his career – never missing a deadline or going over budget.
He’s also behind the industry leading blog MikeOnTraffic where he writes about traffic analysis, data collection, our profession, and projects he finds interesting. Mike was a municipal traffic engineer before going out on his own, he’s a past president of the North Central Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and he’s a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
A University of Minnesota graduate, his work history includes stops at Bonestroo & Associates, Benshoof & Associates and the City of Maple Grove, MN.