Autonomous Vehicle Survey of Bicyclists and Pedestrians in Pittsburgh, 2017

In Pittsburgh, Autonomous Vehicle (AV) companies have been testing autonomous vehicles since September 2016. However, the tech is new, and there have been some high-profile behavior that we believe warrants a larger conversation. So in early 2017, we set out to design a survey to see both how BikePGH donor-members, and Pittsburgh residents at large, feel about about sharing the road with AVs as a bicyclist and/or as a pedestrian. Our survey asked participants how they feel about being a fellow road user with AVs, either walking or biking. We also wanted to collect stories about people’s experiences interacting with this nascent technology. We are unaware of any public surveys about people’s feelings or understanding of this new technology. We hope that our results will help add to the body of data and help the public and politicians understand the complexity of possible futures that different economic models AV technology can bring to our cities and towncenters. We conducted our survey in two parts. First, we launched the survey exclusively to donor-members, yielding 321 responses (out of 2,900) via email. Once we closed the survey, we launched it again, but allowed the general public to take it. Through promoting it on our website, social media channels, and a few news articles, we yielded 798 responses (mostly from people in the Pittsburgh region), for a combined total of 1,119 responses.

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Metadata Field Value
ID 0b584c84-7e35-4f4d-a5a2-b01697470c0f
Title Autonomous Vehicle Survey of Bicyclists and Pedestrians in Pittsburgh, 2017
Number of Resources 4
Created Timestamp March 20, 2017, 1:38 PM
Modified Timestamp May 2, 2017, 11:51 AM
License Creative Commons Attribution
Organization BikePGH
Group/Topic Transportation
Public Access Level Comment Open-ended responses have been removed prior to publication as open data to protect respondent's privacy. Contact BikePGH if interested in research access to full responses. Responses to an open-ended question asking about experiences with autonomous vehicles were coded by Regional Data Center staff.
Temporal Coverage 2017-02/2017-03
Geographic Unit Zip Code
Data Notes Responses for BikePGH members appear separately from non-members
Frequency - Data Change As Needed
Frequency - Publishing As Needed
Data Steward Name Eric Boerer
Data Steward Email eric@bikepgh.org
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